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Read Write Do, Day 8

Read This Keeping Quiet Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still for once on the face of the earth, let’s not speak in any language; let’s stop for a second, and not move our arms so much. It would be an exotic moment without rush, without engines; we would all be together in a sudden strangeness. Fishermen in the cold sea would not harm whales and the man gathering salt would not look at his hurt hands. Those who prepare green wars, wars with gas, wars with fire, victories with no survivors, would put on clean clothes and walk about with their brothers in the shade, doing nothing. What I want should not be confused with total inactivity. Life is what it is about; I want no tru

Read Write Do, Day 7

Read This Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. -Alphonse Karr Write About This Make a list of good things, or roses among the thorns, that have come because of our current crisis. Everything you can think of, from the global all the way to the personal, and everything in between. Choose one good thing on your list and write about it. Explain why it’s good, why it might not have happened without this situation, and what lasting effects it will have even after this is all over. Do This Find the right moment to share your list with someone today, or share it in the comments below! Also, hang your list on the fridge or place it somewhe

Why Are We Waiting?

Why are we waiting? We are waiting for those who have the disease to fight their fights all the way to the end. We are waiting for the virus no longer to find anybody else, any body else. We are waiting for our brightest to make a vaccine, to discover a cure. We are waiting for our leaders to fully admit the situation and rise to it. We are waiting for our neighbors finally to stay home and join us in the wait. We are waiting for our financial future to somehow re-focus itself. We are waiting to see what becomes of our relationships because of this wait. We are waiting for our own spirits to breathe deeply, in and out, and at last embrace what is. We are waiting to meet ourselves again somed

Read Write Do, Day 6

Read This “Hope” is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops - at all ~Emily Dickinson Write About This What might it mean, in our current situation, for hope to perch within us and "sing the tune without the words?" Do This Go out in nature, look at the birds (which are right now scurrying to build their nests). Watch their purposeful flights. Listen to their cheerful, word-less songs. Breathe deeply and let their hopefulness into your own soul. Read Write Do is a three-part activity intended to help our minds and hearts grow, rather than shrink, during the time we are all staying home. If you "sign up" using the above button it w

Read Write Do, Day 5

Read This The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~Lao Tzu The only thing we know for sure about the future is that it will come one day at a time. ~Jeff Rich Write About This The near future is unknown, for all of us. How does it make you feel not knowing what the next few weeks and months are going to be like? What's something you have achieved that looked very difficult at first but was surprisingly easy once you took it one step at a time? Do This Ignore Fleetwood Mac, and DO stop thinking about tomorrow. Think only about today. Your only job is to be present in this one day, to make this one day as good as it can be for you and for those around you. Make a plan right now,

Read Write Do, Day 4

Read This Your mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~Maya Angelou Write About This In your extended time at home, what will it mean for you to thrive rather than just to survive? Angelou lists four "flavors" of thriving: passion, compassion, humor, and style. Which of these comes most naturally to you? Which is usually the most challenging? Do This Use those four words as a sort of checklist today. As you move about your day make it a point to do something you're passionate about, to show compassion to someone who needs it, to laugh and to make others laugh, and to create or appreciate something

Read Write Do, Day 3

Read This Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life. ~ Eckhart Tolle Write About This What do you think the difference is between simply accepting a difficult situation and accepting a difficult situation “as if you had chosen it?” If we were able to do the latter more often, what would be the reward? Do This Take a walk alone and meditate on the phrase “accept it as if you have chosen it.” Think of a specific challenge this sequester is handing you and consider how it might feel different if you had actually chosen it. Consider wh

Read Write Do, Day 2

Read This Be so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. ~ Lady Bird Johnson Your mission: Be so busy loving your life that you have no time for fear. ~ Karen Salmansohn Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will. ~ W Clement Stone Write About This When is the last time you enjoyed doing something so much that you lost track of time? What worries and concerns were you able to forget about while you were doing this thing? How did the temporary break from these bad feelings affect you? How were you changed when the activity ended and you re-entered "real life?" Do This If possible, do that thing you just wrote about, again. If it's not possible, spend some time thinking abou

Read Write Do, Day 1

Read This Pandemic a poem by Rev. Dr. Lynn Ungar What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart. Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. (You could hardly deny it now.) Know that our lives are in one another’s hands. (Surely, that has come clear.) Do not reach out your hands. Reach out your heart. Reach out your words. Reach out all the tendrils of compassion that move,

Read Write Do

We're at home now. We don't know for how long. We don't know what it will be like. We've never done this before. What we DO know is that the great sequester ahead of us has the potential either to make us grow or shrink. To feel full or to feel empty. And that this will largely hinge on how we choose to spend the time. Read Write Do is an idea I came up with a few days ago for a daily activity that might help us stay sane. It's very simple. Every day I'm going to post a short passage from a great thinker, a writing prompt for you to journal your thoughts, and a related activity for you to do. There's no cost or anything. I'm just doing this because I want to, and because the structure of cre

And Now We Wait: Keeping Sane In our "Cancel Everything" World (advice from my Seattleite friends)

Prepped and ready. Toilet paper and cans of beans, hand soap and pasta, paper towels and bags of chips. Here we go. But where are we going? Nowhere, of course. So last night we were all sitting around talking, wondering what happens next. Everybody out there seems to know how to prevent and how to prepare, but nobody seems to be talking about what to do once the front door is closed. What is life like during total societal shut-down? Nobody knows, because none of us have ever lived it. "Seattle!" I said. "They know!" America's corona-ground-zero is two hours behind us but two weeks ahead of us apocalypse-wise. I have several friends in Seattle. I messaged them all with the same two questions

Understanding Wood (and also other things)

“Wood evolved as a functional tissue of plants and not as a material designed to satisfy the needs of woodworkers.”* And yet we woodworkers still get angry at wood when it doesn’t look and behave exactly as we want. We cut into a beautiful figured maple board and find a hidden knot or crack that ruins our plans. We slice a big thick piece of walnut to make bookmatched planks and they immediately warp so bad we can't even use them. These things cost us time, they cost us effort, they definitely cost us money. The anger makes sense. But it also doesn’t. Because that tree didn’t grow for me. It grew because it’s a tree, and that’s what trees do. Growing is its only purpose, and it fulfilled it