Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Quiet

What's Jack up to? Jack's a bit better today. Not much snapping so that's good. I'm taking a hard line, but of course it's hard to do with those big brown eyes of his. I must stay strong.

I’ve been a terrible blog hopper and lately not keeping up with many of my favorite blogs which maybe means that I’ve been a good blog hopper because for a while there blogs were taking up way too much of my time and kind of taking over my life.

But yesterday while doing some perusing over at one of my favorite blogs The 5 Spot I read a post that really hit me that one of my favorite writers, Liza Palmer wrote. You may remember Liza from my interview I did with her here. Well Liza was talking about Ebbs and Flows and how this is an “Everything and Nothing kind of summer,” that “There's this dip happening where it just seems like everything's hard and nothing's quite working out and life has taken on this molasses-y kind of pace.” Lines like this is why Liza is one of my favorite writers.

She then talked about the journey and the quiet moments and how hard they are and how we as women especially hate those quiet moments (or years in my case). They can be positively brutal. You know those times when you plod along from work to work to work with what seems to be no real progress or reward. When people ask, “what new?” and you really don’t have anything new to report so you just nod and smile and say, “oh just the same ole thing,” With a small knot in your chest.

But you’re at that strange point in your journey. Too far past the start to turn back. As a matter of fact way past the middle and the journey is not a hop on hop off type of thing. Take the next train back to normal. It’s a desert trek. If you turn back you could possibly die. So you have no choice, but shake your canteen, wipe your brow and plod ahead putting one foot in front of the other and move forward.

I guess that’s what it’s all about the forward motion, not standing still or going backward, but moving forward and learning to enjoy and accept the quiet. I hear the best ideas come in the quiet moments anyway.

You can check out Liza’s entire post here. The way she compare Michael Phelps and Mariska Hargitay is not to be missed.

In Birthday news Happy Birthday to the P-I-C Megan. It is truly a magical moment when you find that special someone who really gets you. No, I'm not talking about that special someone. I'm talking about a girlfriend that other special someone you call to complain about that other special someone and all the other things that really irk you nerves because you that they just irk her nerves too. So cheers to you P-I-C!



pve design said...

Just like that stunning dessert photo where little or no precipitation fall, then suddenly a mirage appears like a dream of a cool pool of blue. Think mirage and your journey will be all the more enticing.
I have all the faith in you and in the fact that these quiet moments are when we can hear our thoughts the loudest. Keep writing. So many friends are "cheering you" on along your journey.

mommytherobot.blogspot.com said...

yes i've had many many days when i plod on and have nothing new to say when people ask me how i am. but that's life isn't it. then you become a mom and to compensate you talk about what new thing your child has accomplished. but it could be the way i look at my life that makes it unexciting?

Marley Gibson said...

Happy b-day to Megan!!! I love the pic of the two of you. Just precious!

Megan Frampton said...

Aw, thanks, PIC! You know I love you, too.

Kwana said...

Thanks PVE for all the cheers.

And thanks Mommy The Robot as an artist I know you understand about the plodding through.

I'll pass it on Marley! Isn't that a funny picture?

Mel Francis said...

just keep powering thru my friend. I know you can do it.

Happy b-day Megan!

Kwana said...

No, Thanks needed, Megan! Happy Birthday.

Thanks to you Mel.

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

Great post! We oftentimes complain about the progress that we're not making instead of accepting it and moving forward without looking back!

Kristen Painter said...

I think the best ideas are born of pivotal moments. The highest highs, the lowest lows, the dark doubts and the bright confidences. When we are pushed to an extreme, we react. Our brains fire on all cylinders because they're in a peak situation.

I think quiet can bring about that kind of reaction, because it's a sort of do-or-die emotional state. You either chose to deal and move forward, or you wallow and get left behind.

Kwana said...

So true Brown Girl and Kristen.

Liza Palmer said...

And I think talking about it - like this amazing blog - makes us all feel not so alone. Not so crazy. Maybe that's just me....the crazy part, I mean.


Word Actress said...

We all have wonderful and not so wonderful patches of life I think. I have three beautiful golden retrievers so I try to see the world through their very kind eyes although my puppy Flynn was driving me crazy today like he was NOT having even one quiet moment and then I ran into a very nice fellow about to go surfing and he took one look at Flynn and said: 'He's such a cute puppy. He'll get better, ya know, he really will' and that was all I needed to be reminded that this too will pass. Thanks for you post. I love the look and feel of your blog and I'm assuming Jack is your dog. I had a Jack, the most wonderful boy ever, He died one cold November nite of bloat, something horses usually get. I love him still...Mary Kennedy Eastham, Author, 'The Shadow of a Dog I Can't Forget' and of the novel-in-progress 'Night Surfing - The Story of Love and Wonder in the Waves of Malibu'

Kwana said...

No, you're not crazy Liza and not alone either or alone in the crazy maybe we all are a bit!

Thanks for the kind comment Word Actress. Very sweet words and a wonderful way of looking at life. Yes, Jack is my dog. A very mischievous Yorkie.

N said...

Hang in there Kwana!

I've been in a personal lull myself, needing to kick the distractions and re-focus.

If you do it, I will too.

Kwana said...

Thanks N. Nice to have a partner on the journey.

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