I have to admit. I’m not in the best form. And what I mean by this is I’m overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done.
My mom’s here and I have to plan a wonderful vacation somewhere and it’s not easy. There are visa requirements, considerations regarding what she wants to do versus what I want to do and, of course, costs. She’s an easygoing traveller, but I’m still struggling, trying to figure out where to go.
It’s also the end of the term for the school I teach at and there are tests – and students that test the limits of my sanity that need to be dealt with through some sort of magic, I fear I don’t possess. These discipline and learning problems really bring me down and splinter my mind when I’m at home.
And then there is the book, the missing teacher, my first book and getting everything ready for print, Kindle and audio. It’s a lot of work and I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll be able to do everything before I go on holiday with my mom.
Look, I’m old enough to know that everything will be fine and that cotton candy. But these things, along with others (I won’t subject you to the minutia that is currently assaulting my life), are making me feel like I’m going a little crazy. But not in a running-around-like-a-child-avoiding-bathwater kind of way, but like in a Zen kind of way.
You know, like when you are “dissecting how your mind works”. Which reminds me of one of my favorite blogs, One Time, One Meeting: The Practice of Zen Meditation by Ben Howard. I love his stories and observations tied in with references to Zen masters and practitioners. I think his was the first WordPress blog I ever followed.
The best article I saw for the American Thanksgiving holiday was 10 National Geographic Photographers Give Thanks for the Photos That Changed Them.
First, I thought the idea was brilliant and secondly, it is just the kind of thing I like, a behind the scenes story. It was also educational and turned me into an even bigger fan of National Geographic.
But it was really this video interview with Terry Crews on Manhood, Feminism & the Mindset that Leads to Rape, that took the day filled with computer problems and set the world right again. It’s beautiful, intelligent and touching. It is true feminism and real masculinity. Elamin Abdelmahmoud conducts the interview well, too. Massive hugs to Terry for being real, personal and revealing the power of choosing the right words. xxoo