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Quote #858 - #OddTimes

14 Jan, 2019

ODD TIMES AWAKE & ASLEEP



"I do my best thinking at night when everyone else is sleeping. No interruptions. No noise. I like the feeling of being awake when no one else is."
Jennifer Niven

"Late at night ... I'm awake and nobody bothers me. It's quiet and things come and talk to me in the silence."
Diana Gabaldon



Yes, we are living in odd times
in all kinds of ways,
but those are not the odd times I mean today.

I beat the illness, but lost the time I had really wanted
to finish the new play,
and so I'm doing it at odd times,
including late at night,
which is actually my favorite time to write,
when it feels like the world itself has gone to sleep, gone away,
and all that exists is the world which I am writing.

When I can't find time for something I desperately need
it is often those odd times that save me.
When I've been sick and slept for one or more days straight,
my body is awake and asleep at odd times anyway.

We all can find needed space at odd times.

For some it's early morning,
and early morning can certainly be a gift
of bright, alert, promise,
the day laid open before you.

But my favorite odd time has always been late at night--
clear, dark, quiet,
cloistered yet open--
a kind of alone-ness that allows ideas
and multiple voices
to flow inside my head--
writing papers due the next day,
writing music for the next morning's rehearsal,
writing plays and songs
and letters to myself and others
after the baby's midnight feeding,
after the kids finally fell asleep
(did the older one ever actually sleep?).

If there's something you've been trying to get to but can't find the time,
maybe you need to try some odd times ...
maybe even late at night ...


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