Thursday, January 19, 2012

Warming Up

My wife got me a balance ball chair for the home office.  As I sit on this bouncy ball and type a morning blog entry before the day gets started, I think about all the potential that the day holds - and how I am inclined to sit a little straighter as I get aligned on the red ball beneath my hips.  I shift and tilt, contemplating the next words that I will put down on screen, and I ponder what else I should accomplish today.

I suppose everyone has some sort of routine that governs their life, starting with the morning ritual.  I am part of that group that does not really have such a routine, and it's something that I am curious to experiment and change.  So, I am typing this entry, sitting on this new chair, and warming up.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

100 Entries

New Year’s 2012 has come and gone. All the resolutions have been cast, and the rituals of starting anew have started to bear their initial fruit. For some, the resolutions have already been cast aside, but that’s not the point – renewal is the thing. And so, with the same feeling of renewal, I return to the blog with the hope of jump-starting a more regular writing schedule.
I have to admit that it can seem daunting, considering my past attempts. Every so often, I gain a spark of inspiration and run with it to produce a string of thoughts that get my creative juices. Then, the spark fizzles. I am left with aspirations unfulfilled, filled again by my domestic life and work life, both of which are highly rewarding and all-consuming.
Yet, there is something more, and so I yearn to discover it this year. It will be a turning point for myself – as every year is, after all – and I look forward to pursue more than career. The goal is 100 entries, and this is the first.

Wallet Fortunes (with some thoughts)

fortune cookies

Let’s start the year with a play on words.  It makes extra sense since I am spend my days trying to reduce the need to carry a wallet at all in the future, but today I reached into my back pocket and rifled through the main pouch that holds my driver’s license.  I updated my car insurance cards and stumbled upon a treasure trove of choice fortunes that I have collected from years (at this point) or eating out with my wife at any number of Chinese restaurants in the area.

Here they are, in no particular order:

  • You will inherit a large sum of money (a nice thought, I suppose – who knows if that will be true?)
  • A thrilling time is in your immediate future (of course!  I’m home with Ruby, what else would I need from that?)
  • You are busy but you are happy. (true that)
  • Culture and customs of China attract you. (I should hope so, it has made me a wildly happy guy thus far)
  • You will have no problems in your home. (true, until I forget to put one small plate in the dishwasher…)
  • You are one of the people who “goes places in life.” (this varies from the home office down the hall to the safari my wife secretly wants to take for our fifth-year anniversary)
  • You will be successful in your work. (I’m hoping this is true?)
  • You and your wife will be happy in your life together. (an understatement – probably why there are three of these fortunes in my wallet…)
  • You will enjoy good health. (fingers crossed – a little more exercise would not hurt)
  • Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think. (wait a second – I’m supposed to be inspired by this, not provoked to deep thinking)
  • Time is money. (Still trying to figure out whether it’s worth a dime or a thousand dollars)