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a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My Moment of Zen


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There is a place where I go when I have had a disheartening day.  My desk. 
I have an office space here at home too.  It has turned into a dumping ground.  
Something will have to be done about that.  Soon.  

But at my desk I am welcomed by the glowing light of my computer screen.  I can hear those first few piano notes from the Cheers theme song as soon as I sit down.  Then the lyrics wind their way into my head: “Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.  Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot.”
As soon as my fingers hit the keyboard, my heart feels lighter.  I am driven to complete my slice because it is only after writing my own that I allow myself to read the slicers of others.  I can’t wait to dive into the pool of words that awaits me. 

Yes, this spot in the heart of the action of my home where I write, where I am supported, inspired, and heartened by this community of slicers, is my moment of Zen today.  Life is good.

16 comments:

  1. Now I can't get the Cheers theme song out of my head! It is a good thing though, because Cheers was the sitcom that my family watched religiously every week together... I think it was on Thursdays? "NORM!"

    Anyway, I enjoyed seeing pictures of your writing nook, especially the manual typewriter! "As soon as my fingers hit the keyboard, my heart feels lighter." This is such a powerful sentence because that is what writing does, doesn't it? It helps us take a deep breath and exhale, especially on those disheartening days.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. I love that you have the Cheers theme song greet you on your computer. And I agree. The best part of my day is reading slices and connecting with my friends. I wait anxiously each day for you to post. Somewhere in time we were connected!

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  3. you capture your feeling of zen so well it has me feeling it as well. I wish I had a desk to sit at, but for now my recliner will have to do. I look forward to reading numbers 7-31.
    Tammy

    First Grade @ Klinger Cafe

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  4. My home office has become a dumping ground too... and I'm not even f/t in the classroom anymore!

    Glad you have a desk where you can go to regain your sanity.

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  5. I recently took all the mess from my desk and dumped in on the living room table that never gets used - :) I will need to tackle that soon too.

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  6. Your neat and tidy desk disturbed me, but then you showed the working place. Ahhh . . . yes,that is more like it! Piles of books and stacks of paper. I can relate. My zen is where ever I take the laptop and can sit and read and comment. That's a fun time!

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  7. My favorite line is about the way you feel about reading the slices because it expresses exactly how I look forward to reading these posts: "I can’t wait to dive into the pool of words that awaits me." Love it! Hope you feel rejuvenated after sharing this with us.

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  8. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your beloved spaces. I like the Cheers theme song. You bake words into the most delicious sweet bite each day. :)

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  9. Love the slice, Christy :). I also love seeing the space that inspires the awesome work you do as a writer. You know, it's funny how spaces make us --- when my husband and I look at houses, I'm always in search of the perfect office. The one that will house all my black, red, and white accents and the one that will showcase the Starbucks multi-pendant light fixture I hope to find someday. (You know the one where you pick up your drink at the end? Yep...) My song is "Bohemia" by Mae West --- it's the one that beckons me to another place. Check it out sometime!

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  10. I love that this is your Zen moment. I too wait to read until I have finished and submitted my own. It is like a reward! (Love the typewriter, does that get attention too or is a piece of inspirational nostalgia)?

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  11. I LOVE that I get to see your writing space. I love even more that you appealed to my senses. Cool beans!
    Ruth

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  12. Enjoyed your Zen places. The pictures were a welcome sight, breaking up your story into little corners of your world.

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  13. I too worried over the neat desk, but love seeing the macbook right there! With all what I think is a techy life, I don't know how to get a song to 'greet me'. Will you tell me how? Seeing all the piles makes me feel right at home Christy. I know you saw the piles of books on my chair the other day. They're everywhere! Thank you for the sweet words at the end. I too, like everyone else, look forward to reading and writing in the day & at the end. It's just pure pleasure, and you are part of that!

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  14. It's 5:55 am in Estonia. I am the first one up. Every morning when I let my tea cool a bit, I spend little time reading slices (writing takes more time.) Sitting behind a kitchen table (I don't have a desk), peeking into your home I get to know you more, wonder about the importance of a space for a writer, and dream about having a corner of my own. Thank you for the slice. I'll let your last sentence guide my day today.

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  15. I love the cycle of writing and reading. Your biggest motivation to write is so you can read.

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  16. I love seeing writer's desks and work spaces. Thank you for sharing the pictures--they validate my own mess! I've been waiting to read until I write too, but reversed it today. It will make for a late post (after school and the weekly visit to Mom's for dinner)but I your desk has given me an idea, so I'll enjoy simmering it all day!

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