Friday, May 22, 2015

No more reverence

I used to think that "looking at her with reverence" was only something that happened in romance novels, until I saw you staring at me. To say that I was unnerved would be an understatement. No man had ever looked at me that way before and I strongly doubt that any man ever will. "This is how beautiful people must feel like all day long", I thought.

And you know what? I couldn't cope with it. Started looking for reasons to break up, treated you badly.

You don't look at me that way anymore.

I am, simultaneously, crushed and relieved.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A is for Achievement (and how to do it)

"Iucundi sunt acti labores", said Cicero, a Roman who lived some 2000 years ago.
(Sort of means: Done work feels good!)

In the age of smartphones and space travel, this still remains as true as it was back then.

Well, I brushed my teeth today. So? Other people are busy getting straight A's, writing bestsellers and making fortunes!

Wanna bet there were just as many people in Ancient Rome saying this to themselves then as there are now? However Mr. Cicero, who was quite a powerful man in his time, did not determine that only massively important, life-changing work "feels good", just done work. And yes, this includes brushing our teeth, getting dressed and a myriad other things most of us will take for granted today.

But how will that help me achieve anything?

Just as doing nothing begets nothing, so does doing a little something instinctively makes you want to do more.  But be careful. When that happens... do NOT start re-arranging the drawers in favor of making that uncomfortable but urgent phone-call. At the end of the day you'll have a really clean house but still won't feel good.

In fact, if you want to experience the same feeling that bestselling author is going to have today, just do that one thing you don't want to do but know you should. You'll feel like a million bucks even if you sit down and watch soaps for the rest of the day.

VoilĂ , achievement unlocked!

Jenny Matlock

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Reading 166

Currently reading:

And When She Was Good by Laura Lippmann

Heloise has been running a successful escort service for more than a decade but her past is starting to catch up with her.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Alice wakes up on the floor of a gym thinking she's still 29, happily married and pregnant with her first child but she's actually 39, has three children and is going through a bitter divorce.

Twenties Girl: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

Lara is haunted by the ghost of her great-aunt Sadie, who cannot rest until she finds her missing necklace.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Centus 136

Macy was a woman of definite opinions. Always figured quite prominently in her speech and so did never. Backing down was not an option as a matter of principle, yet under that frank gaze she found herself wavering.

Was it just last week she had been telling Leslie, that any man over 40 who hadn't been in a serious relationship before was most definitely a bad idea? How on earth did she now find herself in dire straits of maybe?

Adam placed a light hand on her shoulder. "Well, what do you think?" Macy felt herself blush as she smiled. "I think lunch would be wonderful."

Jenny Matlock