My lack of meteorological prowess notwithstanding. I was surprised that we actually did get snow last night. Even though I was out sorting and stacking firewood and playing with the dogs at one point and it was genuinely threatening to take such efforts seriously… by, you know, snowing on me.
No matter. If it is still around later today, it will likely be gone tomorrow. Actually, I rather like snow, and in fact miss a good snow pack and the outdoor opportunities that provides. Here though, it is more of a fleetingly pretty inconvenience.
The Wife made it home without incident and to nobody’s surprise, the Boy was elated. Still is. As am I.
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I mentioned the notebook that I have currently been scribbling in recently. Well, as expected, once back at the daily work routine, that came to a halt. Hopefully with a reunited family unit and the opportunity to once again enlist a division of labor, I can find some time to grab a pen now and again.
In truth though that is not really the issue generally. More at fault is the job, in that it has this overwhelming ability to dominate my life. At least I have not thus far been successful at sorting out how to not allow it that power. As a result, I have no thoughts to write down in said notebook, being so consumed by the nonsense that I inadvertently haul with me out of the office.
Something’s got to give.
Anyway, I meant to bring up another question from what I had been writing in said notebook previously. Another theme, directly related to the self/others quandary, is the idea of being more to others than I have been. In principle, the work that I do is ostensibly about helping others, but somehow it never feels that way, and it comes with a lot of weird baggage. Short version, it does not fill the odd hole that I have been sensing in myself of late.
So, in an effort to push this change forward, I went and got myself ordained into the Church of the Latter Day Dude!
Yes, I admit that I can only really say that with tongue fully planted in cheek, but nevertheless…
Truth be told, I do aspire to live up to the role, facetious as it may seem to some. I strive to walk the Dudeist path and the process of getting ordained required me to “vow” (it is an online thing, so, you know, I am on my honor here…) that I would, “…uphold the principles of Dudeism: To just take it easy; to be dude (easygoing) to everyone I meet, and to keep my mind limber.”
Honestly, those are pretty great principles and ones that I genuinely think will have a positive effect on my life. By better abiding in and of myself, I will also be a better person to others. With any luck, and the practice of keeping my mind limber, this will provide some further clarity into how better to live my life in the pursuit of being a better dude.
So there you have it.
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Also, on an unrelated note, the fine folks over at https://naturewriting.com/ have chosen one of my essays to publish on their online magazine! It will be featured on the home page tomorrow Monday, the 22nd. I will make sure to share the link then. Huzzah!