Little Joys Compendium: Ch 50-52

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

Sometimes life hits you in the balls and throws you off track. Getting sick is probably the easiest way to lose momentum, and it’s been very difficult for me to focus on what has been delightful the last few days. Sitting down and really thinking over your days and finding those highlight moments and recognizing that there is joy within even the crappiest moments is the main reason for this exercise.  Let’s remember together fellow geeks.

February 19th, 2020 

We meet all sorts of people on our travels. Sometimes they can be a negative influence, but for most, even if rude or annoying, you can pull nuggets of wisdom or simply differences in perspective that keep your mind healthy and away from stagnation.  Remember not to let yourself get trapped in an echo chamber of similar opinions, debate is paramount for improving your own viewpoints and for finding new ones. There are pearls hiding in the depths of every human you meet, so keep yourself open to the experiences. There’s delight in improving yourself.

February 20th, 2020

All of us are born into different circumstances, have different opportunities, different genetics, so many factors playing into how we interact with life. It is important to remember that when someone or something good happens to you, when generosity is given to you, allowing you to live life in a more positive way, being thankful for that generosity is the least you can do. Don’t forget all the things that had to happen to get you where you are. Even if your personal situation is very difficult these days, or has been for awhile, the fact that you are alive is itself a miracle. There is so much death in life, and being able to simply be alive and take a walk is a gift. Whether you choose to embrace that idea is your own choice, but it is something I am trying to learn to live by. Letting go of so much of the negativity and pessimism I have lived with for most of my life, and appreciate all the positive aspects and improvements happening around the world. This is amplified when you travel and see how damn well off we are in western countries comparatively to most parts of the world. I am grateful for the life I have been given, joyful for the opportunity to see how lucky I am by traveling, even if it hasn’t been all sunshine and daisies in my life.

February 21st, 2020

There is poetry in everything. I don’t know if many people find my poetry enjoyable or not, but it is something I found during my first travels many years ago, watching the waves froth along the beach in the early mornings, trying to find peace when all I felt was pain. From that pain and joy came words, words that have continued to flow out of me ever since, during walks, in the shower, while listening to podcasts, talking with friends. Sometimes simply by seeing a beautiful place or person. I am so grateful for those moments, the flowing of thought, forming sentence and meaning and art and driving me to write and write some more. It’s a joy to have this art in my life, a joy to be alive to see those beautiful waves and beautiful people who make me want to write pretty words, painful words, inspiring words, terrible words. Words are what create this world we live in, without them our world would be a desolate place. Through words we are tied to those long dead, and to those in our future. Words are creation. Words are joy.

As always, I hope these words find you all healthy, and letting your inner geek freak fly free. Have a phenomenal day folks!

 

 

 

Little Joys Ch.21

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

January 21st, 2020

There is a moment when you realize that you have become invested so much in the characters created within a book that they no longer exist within a separate reality but have become a part of the very fabric of who you are.

Good books shift our perspectives, force us into new patterns of thinking. I know that when I get really into a novel the way that I formulate thoughts in my head shifts and becomes more like the characters that I enjoy, almost as though my brain knows that that is the right way I should be thinking.

It’s deep and mysterious and wonderful.

I fucking love books.

If you don’t well, I guess I still like you too.

Little Joys Ch.4

As part of an ongoing challenge to myself, I will be sharing a little joy I have found each day of this year and perhaps for the rest of my life. Hope you enjoy!

There is a moment when you fall deeply into someones trust that cannot be compared to.

In that moment your barriers fall away, and they help you to express emotions and ways of thinking that you have held inside without even realizing it.

These are the times when we grow as a person, when we take a step forward in our understanding of ourselves, and the beauty of it is that simultaneously our connection with another deepens as well as they come to understand us more.

It is quite a joyful thing, to grow with another, intertwined just like the roots of a tree.

Words worth hearing Vol. 6

Don’t borrow books—build your library instead and take pride in that. It will be an investment that pays off in the long run. If you see anything that remotely interests you, just buy it. If you don’t get to read it immediately and it piles up, that’s ok. It’s part of building your “anti-library,” or the stack of unread books that will humble you and remind you just how much there is still to learn.

-Ryan Holiday

I don’t mean to say that kissing a man for the first time was like crossing into Paradise. It wasn’t. But the exertion of kissing a man was, for me, an athletic feat of Olympic proportion. Some gold medalists say that winning is underwhelming.

All that effort, struggle, self-doubt, and overcoming, for this moment, already over.

But in another way, kissing him was a paradise. Or, rather, the paradise was my increased range of physical and emotional motion: the freedom to move my face close to another man’s, to open my lips, to express this kind of tenderness to a man. A piece of armor around my heart clanked to the ground. I had become strong enough to leave it there.

 

Ben Bagocius

Wisdom comes with patience

Information without context is simply gibberish.

You need to be able to see the full picture, understand the connections between disparate facts so you can begin to piece together a deeper meaning to a subject.

Simply reading an article, or seeing a picture with a line or two does not give you the proper knowledge to really understand what’s happening in a situation.

Wisdom is attained when we can hold ourselves back from frivolous statements and take the time and effort to really learn about something, sit back and ponder it all, engage with others in meaningful debate to further our understanding, both internally and externally, and then come to a more complete answer about whatever it is we are thinking about.

 

Pleasure Incarnate

sun kissed skin
glistening
sweat stained
full breasts
swelling
as you ride me
again and again
hips clenched
eyes wide
trembling
as you hit the high notes
of that song that has been sung
since the dawn of Humanity
crying out
for mercy
for more
Gods for more
and I am nothing but a witness
to your beauty
arched back and screaming out
caught in this moment
singed into memory
Pleasure Incarnate