Mythos & Marginalia

life notes; flaws and all

j.g. lewis

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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 . . .

In Canada: in Montreal;
thirty-three years ago today,
14 women were killed
because they were women.
December 6, 1989
École Polytechnique
The Montreal Massacre

12/06/2022

Mondays are just young Fridays

Gentle thoughts, harshly
written on whatever
scrap of paper available.
This is your life.
This is an attempt to
make sense or make do
with the scattered bits of
information that float
to the surface of a
muddled mind.
What is of one’s concern
need not translate into a
narrative easily understood
by others. You may not
fully comprehend its true
meaning yourself, at least
not in one sitting.
Give yourself the time.
You need to find the clarity
you need. A daunting task…
you need not ask for any
opinions from others, Each
of us sees things differently.

12/05/2022                                                                                  j.g.l.

beyond words

Today I sit with a stack of blank holiday cards in front of me, and a dog-eared address book full of names, phone numbers and/or addresses from across the globe.
   The names are familiar, and the extent to which I know each person varies in time and in depth. Yet, with each name, there is a friendship shared but not acknowledged as often as it should be.
   A Christmas card allows me an opportunity. I will write messages of varying length to the people on my list to acknowledge the season as well as the person.
   The true meaning of friendship goes beyond words.

12/04/2022                                                                                                               j.g.l.

I'm like a pencil;
sometimes sharp,
most days
well-rounded,
other times
dull or
occasionally
broken.
Still I write.

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Mondays are just young Fridays

Posted on June 1, 2020 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

‘What would it feel like to set an intention that wasn’t about accomplishing something?’
  That’s a mouthful, it’s more than a question, but it was a thought posted last week by Susana Harwood Rubin that has kept me thinking about intention, and then, I suppose, goals. The yoga teacher and author wrote the post after reviewing her post-it note reminders of things she needed to accomplish in a day.
  We are all, often, slave to the lists on the fridge or reminders programmed into our mobile devices. More often than not, our intentions are goal based; we need to get something done, so we set the goal or make plans to do such.
  Perhaps, then, it is not an intention. Perhaps it is more.
  Harwood Rubin, wrote that it was “creating aspirational lists of what an ideal me COULD POSSIBLY do.”
  So Instead of creating lists or to-do reminders and disguising them as intentions, Harwood proposed setting intentions based on kindness or gentleness instead of results.
  The intention may not sound as concrete, or as definite, as those that are result-oriented, but they sound true and authentic. A kindness-based intention sounds like something worthy of thinking on.
  I’ve been thinking about it for almost a week, and will continue the thought process for the next few weeks. May was a tough month where my intentions got mixed up and my goals came down to deadlines.
  I could use a month of gentleness.
  Thus my intention for the month (at least) is rather simple:
be kind
be human
be you

  I hope it works out. It is my intention.
  I wish the same for you.

  It’s finally June.
  deep peace

06/01/2020                                        j.g.l.

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