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@RunningInCircles Let's keep in touch, maybe we can share some more thoughts. @wion

This day. The sun was genuinely warm, the class was lovely, stories were shared. It's a class on narrative practice, so I told them about and showed the Lumen5 video I made of @lauraritchie's words, and suddenly realised I never showed this to Laura.

It's about midway through this: docs.google.com/presentation/d

Thanks to @dogtrax for showing me how.

@Triplefox Today I received a thank you card and flowers from a colleague for something, and it came as a true blessing.

I have another colleague who writes workplace thank yous (for regular thigns) by hand rather than email. It's really something I notice.

@RunningInCircles @wion I'm a novice to her work too -- it came my way via Maria Popova's beautiful Brainpickings weekly newsletter. So I'm going to start with When Things Fall Apart. It's apposite for me at the moment, and I find her words very thoughtful.

Sometimes when I get to work I just sit in the car for a while and collect my thoughts.

@wion She's a Buddhist writer, which called @risabee to mind.


"The ye part [of ye tang che] means “totally, completely,” and the rest of it means “exhausted.” Altogether, ye tang che means totally tired out. We might say “totally fed up.” It describes an experience of complete hopelessness, of completely giving up hope. This is an important point. This is the beginning of the beginning. Without giving up hope — that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be — we will never relax with where we are or who we are.

@wion In her work, the key is accepting transition as ordinary, life just going on.

Reading her words I realise how much we are driven to strive, to wish to improve ourselves and our situation. She advocates letting go of hope, which is counter intuitive, but makes space for gentleness.

"Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy." -- Pema Chodron

@wion This is eerily precisely the advice I needed. Thank you.

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This day.

Some days you just hold your breath as the wave goes over you, and surfacing is enough.

@paralithode invocation is improving my observation. too. I'm noticing the everyday with more care.

Thank you.

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Who you know & where you live makes a lot more difference in life outcomes & jobs than what you know. Kids born & living in areas of concentrated poverty know fewer people who can model jobs and careers and who can open doors to interviews and opportunities. That's why I support volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs who build on-going connections between kids living in poverty and adults from beyond. #smallstories mastodon.cloud/media/kS0iuWrb2

@tellio I feel that for me they're observances, noticing the small in the everyday. But yes, I think of them as complete. Ephemeral, contained. Moments.

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I had two performers from Cirque du Soleil in the studio yesterday, and I reckon the best thing to do when you've got more than one is stack them on top of each other. =D

#circus #cirque #cirquedusoleil #aerials #aerialstraps #photography

Sunday trains between small places are full of kids on cheap family tickets. They're buzzing with it.

Next to me there's a tight crew of three little girls who are chanting the station stops to each other like the best jokes they know. "Oak Flats!" "Albion Park!" Crack up.

That's all it takes. They hug each other, crying with laughter.

This day. My daughter the small town supermarket checkout worker went to interview for a job in the new branch of Big Name Hardware Store that's opening nearby. She helped a group build a thing out of things, and then one by one they all had to say one interesting fact about themselves.

She told them that when she was eight years old, she turned off my aunt's hot water system, and no one knew it was her.

I'm not sure this is a career boosting confession.

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you guys

this happened yesterday/today and it got so much immediate outpouring on that Twitter thing that I *totally* forgot to share it here too

sorry for being bad at Mastodon

but I wrote things about empathy and teaching and apparently those things don't suck? facultypatchbook.wordpress.com