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April 27, 2014

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Wow. That is a lot. I wish D a swift recovery, and balance for everyone. A good reminder as the semester comes hurtling to an end.

Swift recovery and healing thoughts for D. I really needed this post today, because this is one of my worst habits as well.

"I tend to fall far too easily into the trap of comparing my insides to everyone else's outsides..."

YES to this. I do this pretty often, too -- though thankfully less often now than I used to. And I also have fallen prey to the "that's a horrible, horrible person" when I have an unpleasant interaction with someone, never stopping to consider what may have been going on in the 5 minutes or 5 months leading up to that interaction. I'm not saying I could possibly be so mindful all the time, but I'm working my way towards doing so more often, at least.

And for people who really are horrible to me (say, for example, a hit-and-run driver or a street harasser), I think, "I may have just had to deal with that person, but he has to wake up every morning and be that person." And that makes it all better.

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Who is this What Now?

  • I'm an English teacher at a pretty darned good high school (the justly famous Fabulous Girls' School, or FGS). I am partner to D. We live in an adorable, messy little house in Adventure City, where we are hoping to have more frequent adventures than we have thus far. Two cats -- the Muse and the Contemplative -- live with us and keep life at home plenty adventurous.

    Email me at whatnowblogger at yahoo dot com.

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