Mythos & Marginalia

life notes; flaws and all

j.g. lewis

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a daily breath...

A thought du jour, my daily breath includes collected and conceived observations, questions of life, fortune cookie philosophies, reminders, messages of peace and simplicity, unsolicited advice, inspirations, quotes and words that got me thinking. They may get you thinking too . . .

Mondays are just young Fridays

Our impressions of what art is, or how we perceive any form of artistic expression, may change by the minute, with the medium, or be modified by our mood.

   What may be discounted one day could reveal itself in the next to be an abstraction of genius, or an even bigger mess.

   Judgement routinely varies with thought.

   Perspective is altered.

   Perception is not always accurate.

   Subjective thinking pays little heed to fact, form, authenticity, or taste. Feelings simply arrive (often unaccounted for) and may stick with you, become your muse, or be ignored the next day. Yet the art remains.

06/17/2024                                                                                                      j.g.l.

still we rise

We are all expanding
and evolving; spiritually,
mentally and physically.
Organically. Individually.
we encounter barriers,
circumstance or
undue conflict,
and still we rise.
Occasionally we
cross paths with
other souls who help us
to see and believe
we are moving
in the right direction.
We are nourished
by their presence,
however temporarily.
Growth is good. Sharing
in the advancement
of the human spirit
is even better.
Grow when you can,
assist others
when it is possible.
we are strong,
we are powerful.

© 2018 j.g. lewis

good intentions

I am going to yoga later this morning. At least, that is my intention.

   It’s almost 6 a.m., and a mat that hasn’t seen much activity in quite a while is waiting beside my packsack. It has been years, really, since I have stepped into a class. I’ve been feeling, lately, like it is time to do what I used to do regularly.

   Almost a decade ago, yoga was a true constant in my life. It was a practice that, for all intents and purposes, consumed me physically, mentally, and spiritually.

   Today, I’m trying to get that feeling back.

   I have very few expectations.

   My balance is not what it once was, I am often stiff and struggling, and I’m feeling the need to give this body the stretching it needs. My birthday a few days ago reminded me I am not getting any younger.

   So, I’m off to yoga in a few hours and I am doing so with good intentions.


06/14/2024                                                                                          j.g.l.

I'm like a pencil;
sometimes sharp,
most days
other times
dull or
Still I write.

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Mondays are just young Fridays

Posted on February 27, 2017 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

It’s all too easy
to slurp back your coffee,
wolf down left-over food
that is handy, and begin the day
in a hurried way.
It is so convenient
to accept what is offered,
take whatever is available, or
check off the tiny box agreeing
to certain terms or conditions,
before even reading or trying
to understand what you must.
Too quickly we
push on the gas to get wherever
we need to be, so we can do
whatever we have to, never
fully recognizing, or appreciating
whatever it is.
Too often we
give in to our emotions, instead
of thinking about what matters
fully and completely.
we let things go when we know
we shouldn’t, but it is easier to
toss things away only because
it takes less time.
There are moments
when words come out too fast,
when our thoughts cannot
keep up with our tongues,
and what was said
shouldn’t have been.
Try not to rush
your way through today. Take
an extra moment, if you can,
to lookout the window
for no other reason that to see
what is there.
Don’t push
your way through a project, or
posture, or past a friend
who only wants to be that.
Count to three
before responding negatively.
It’s not always possible,
I know, there are deadlines
and commitments and
appointments and random stuff.
Enough is enough. Try not
to take on too much. Try
not to hurry,
try not to rush.

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