Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Signs that I Woke up too Early this Morning

Coffee attempt #1 - forgot to add the coffee
Coffee attempt #2 - forgot to close the lid on the coffee maker
Coffee attempt #3 - put the allergy pill in the coffee instead of in my mouth
Coffee attempt #4 - (fresh cup) missed my mouth when trying to take a sip; as a result, now more awake

Taking the dog out attempt #1 - couldn't figure out why I couldn't get the leash on him
Taking the dog out attempt #2 - realized the dog wasn't wearing his collar

Breakfast attempt #1 - forgot why I was in the kitchen, stood silently for two minutes trying to figure it out
Breakfast attempt #2 - sat down to eat, realized that I left the cereal on the kitchen counter

Writing attempt #1 - opened the wrong document on the laptop, started working on the wrong paper

Should I even bother writing my paper right now?

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"