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 . . .

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

j.g. lewis
is a writer/photographer in Toronto.

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This Is The Big Picture
Posted on June 21, 2017 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment

Estival Solstice, the longest day of our year, is a time when the sun stands still. Like the sun (if only for a moment) we should also simply be present.

Whether counting clouds by day and stargazing at night, be mindful of the space between each; our space. This is time not for thinking of goals or objectives, but to consciously be in the now.

The mid-point of the year, with so much brightness on the horizon, should not be when we look back on what has happened during the dark cooler months. Look forward, instead, through the summer heat. We know, all too well, that the cold and the darkness will return. We know we should, perhaps, be encouraged to savour this time.

There is a certain equilibrium to this solstice. While we are each guided by certain stars — our place in the astrological jungle — this period is common to us all. In fact, it is a gift. This is the big picture.

We share the same Sun. We all share the same sky. Our views may be different, but we all call this amazing planet our home.

Summer solstice gives us a brief, but needed, period of gentle inspiration. Here we have the opportunity to find balance. There is no rush. Take your time.

Make what you will of the longer days, the intricacies of each season are reflected in how we adapt to an ever-changing society. It is not to ignore the difficulties or struggles we have encountered, or have been living through, but to take in what we have learned. Perhaps you will find the freedom to make the decisions you have been avoiding, or those which offered no resolution.

This period of balance is further emphasized should you be fortunate to take a break on either side of the solstice and reflect on where you are physically. emotionally, and realistically. Travel away from your usual day-to-day will allow you to look at your situation from a different angle. Always helpful. Always appreciated.

This is where we will find our determination to continue through the remainder of the year, and to do what we must to maintain balance.

Time is neither relative or subjective, but an element that enters each equation and becomes a part of every decision. We cannot hold back time, nor can we rush ahead.

There is a rhythm to each minute.

Count the seconds as you count your blessings; separately they are a treasure, cumulatively they make up our true wealth.

©2017 j.g. lewis


A Meaningful Break
Posted on June 20, 2017 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment

Rituals soothe your spirit,
providing a moment
of repose,
creating consistency
in your life, and regularity
through the daily calamity.
Writing, walking,
awakening, or meditating,
find a meaningful break
from the day-by-day.
Do it your own way.
Create your own ritual.
Soothe the spirit
above all else. Everything
then will finds its space,
as we strive
to find time and place.

06/20/2016                                      j.g.l.

Mondays are just young Fridays
Posted on June 19, 2017 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment

With handwriting, often you don’t even have to read what is written to know who it is from; it carries a message that is more subliminal than expressed.
  A Father’s day card, and a few lines inside, says so much.
  Memories from years ago, and even those more recent, come rushing back
  Words written many times before, but now just a bit different. More current, yes, but they bring a certain type of happiness.
  Words read differently when they are spelled out in pencil or pen. They are more tactile, take on the shape and sound of that person’s voice. They appear real, more real than if tapped out on a keyboard.
  Handwritten words flow more naturally, they appear genuine.
  You don’t get the same authenticity from a keyboard, you just can’t.
  There is a value to a handwritten passage that cannot be duplicated, whether you are writing a letter to someone else, or making notes in your journal.
  Handwriting is permanent.
  Write on.

06/19/2017                                               j.g.l