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Just One of Those Days...

Ever have one of those days when nothing seems to exactly match up?  Everything is about one half beat out of synch and you feel like somebody has a hose connected to your brain and it is just draining the vitality right out of you?

Another Big Bend vista from Thomas J. Avery

Not a bad day because nothing bad really happened but it definitely was not one of my ‘up’ days. Hoping to start work this week and then it rained 2″ here on Tuesday. This old Blackland Prairie doesn’t percolate worth a damned to start with — get it good and wet and you have some mud that is going to stick around for awhile.  So I am thinking,  ‘Damn, I was just about caught up on the bills…”   caution- pity party ahead.

It is easy to spiral down into the dumps if you let yourself go there. I almost did today — almost. Then I remembered the ‘Baloney Years’ — after I bailed on corporate America and lost the wife and the house. It was tough sledding back then — no way around it.  Today was no where close to a ‘Baloney Day.’  Not even a little.

Now I gotta tell ya I have never been one to forward all those cutesy emails to all my buddies like so many folks do. I just don’t do it and I almost feel like someone is invading my personal space when they do it to me. I never had a refrigerator door that had crap stuck all over it – I just didn’t.   I don’t have bumper stickers on the Suburban…. well, you get the picture.

So back when baloney was the menu treat of the day, I couldn’t afford a fancy laptop.  I had a desktop computer and it had one of those ancient computer monitors that weighed about one hundred  11 pounds.  Scotch taped on the side of that monitor,  on the right side where I could read it over and over, was something I clipped out of the newspaper.  Yeah, me, the no refrigerator art guy.  Over the years it got yellow and brittle and sometimes the scotch tape would give out and it would fall off like a dead leaf in November.  I would tape it back on with fresh tape very gingerly because it was like a magic talisman that would evaporate to fine dust if you breathed on it just a skooshy bit.

Eventually the Baloney Years passed and I was able to afford a laptop.  The little rectangle of yellowed newsprint went away -somewhere…. but not before I copied it to a file on my computer; and every computer subsequently.  Sometimes I share it with people who need it; sometimes I open up the file when I need it.  Life ain’t supposed to be easy.  Anybody that says so is either a liar,  they have a short memory or they have a harsh reality check right over the next rise,  just as a reminder.

Today was one of those days.  I needed outside help, I needed shoring up, I needed an injection of optimism.  I opened the file up.  It righted the ship. Set my kilter back straight and squared me away ricky tick.  It was good medicine as I knew it would be.  I am going to share it with you as well.  Copy it to your computer if ya want.  Print it out on a rectangle of paper and stick it on the ‘fridge.  Send it to your entire email list.  It is out of my hands at this point.   Oh wait!  Better yet, if you are one of those compulsive sharing types, hit the  ‘Share This’ button at the bottom of this post.   You can Facebook it,  tweet it and whatever other social networking do-hickey that the interwebz has  dreamed up to replace the ‘fridge door.

My Symphony

“To live content with small means;
To seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
To be worthy , not respectable, and wealthy, not rich;
To study hard, think quietly,
Talk gently,
Act frankly;
To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;
To bear all cheerfully,
Do all bravely,
Await occasions,
Hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony.”

William Ellery Channing (1810-1884)

End Note Triple Header: Too Late by Backdoor Slam from the Roll Away CD.

‘ I been lonely and I been down.’ Amen to that.

Carry On by CSN&Y from Teach Your Children.

‘We have no choice but to carry on.’ Why does the Old Rock and Roll still surface every day?

Cotton Dresses by Nathan Hamilton from the Live At Floore’s Country Store CD. Nothing to do with this post whatsoever but I really dig the honesty of Nathan Hamilton.. plus I have been to Floore’s In Helotes and slept in the back of a Toyota Celica while I did it. That is a story I will leave to my favorite girl Cait to tell.

“I still watch that dirt road every evening.”

Want a taste of real Texas country? Well, here ya go.

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5 comments to Just One of Those Days…

  • CJ

    The legendary trip where we drove straight through to Helotes and straight back when the frat boy Pat Green fans started to invade. If I remember correctly, we actually packed baloney sandwiches on that trip. And it was the best road trip ever. Love you!

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    • admin

      That is the one. Do you remember who we saw inside the store that morning?

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  • CJ

    Inside? I believe it was Hayes Carll, and 1100 Springs then James McMurtry and Scott Miller outside in the rain in the afternoon.

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  • robbie

    what a great quote

    thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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