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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #797 - #PracticingIllness

16 Oct, 2017

PRACTICING ILLNESS

"Practice doesn't make perfect.
Practice reduces the imperfection.
"

Toba Bida


"You can't hire someone to practice for you."

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


"You are what you practice most."

Richard Carlson



I thought I was going to write about practice
as in structure, persistence
about keeping at it
going forward bit by bit
getting better stronger bit by bit
putting together a household
letting go one home making another
moving into the fall of projects and organizations
students and children
all needing my attention

But then it all got to me
as it does sometimes
and I got sick
as I do sometimes,
too sick to even finish the Monday Morning Quote.

So now I'm practicing illness.

I've had lots of practice, and I've learned over the years
better and better
what it takes from me
what it requires of me
what it affords me
how to best allow it to take its course
getting better stronger bit by bit
until I can function again

You can't hire someone to practice for you--
piano or writing or getting sick.
And, when you are sick,
you are what you practice,
but that doesn't mean you are more and more a sick person,
it means you are more and more someone
who takes care of themselves,
who allows themselves their illnesses
and does what they need to do to get better.

That kind of practice.


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