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October 29th, 2002


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01:57 pm - Some good days, some bad days
Some time ago, I noticed that all my Friends seemed to be doing unusually well at once. While I am pleased to be able to think of a few shining exceptions, I perceive that fortunes on my Friends list seem to be waning more than waxing right now.

There are a lot of very difficult, very important questions about the basics of conducting life with which I am struggling at the moment and to which I cannot find good answers. Consequently I have been feeling rather down last night and today.

Warm thoughts, although comforting, wouldn't help very much at the moment. What I feel that I need is some inspiration. I will try to do something small but productive and see if that cheers me up.
Current Mood: a bit defeated
Current Music: Nothing, but may try sticking on some cheerful things

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From:philonightmare
Date:October 29th, 2002 08:02 am (UTC)
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Ok, so you say that warm thoughts won't help...

But how about some encouragement? I advise you not to look upon the accomplishments of others...but to dream up something of your own device. Apparently, *and since you've said this already* you need inspiration.

Take a day off from the world and relax. Just go to a park and ride a bike or something. Anything to take your mind off everything. Or you could go do something fun. Whatever that may be. Good luck, and I hope I helped you somewhat. Although I know you said not try warm thoughts and feelings. (Oh yes the non-productive side often enough arises your mind's inspired capabilities)

*hugs*

~Eram
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 29th, 2002 09:03 am (UTC)
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Thanks. Being comforting is sometimes sufficient justification in itself.

The problem is not that I'm not getting ideas. I'm getting loads of ideas at the moment - indeed, I have felt rather more "creatively fecund" (as some other people have put it in the past) over the last few months or so than I have done for some time.

Trouble is, all the ideas and thoughts I'm coming up with at the moment are tending to skirt the big issues, the things I feel I ought to be thinking about: how to support myself, my relationships with others, what my relationships with others should be, how to go about getting human essentials and near-essentials and what sorts of human essentials and near-essentials to get.

Inspiration in this regard is what I'm after. The Christian bible has some sensible-seeming humanist principles in it and I'm sure that the other religious works do too. So do many famous non-religious works and even non-famous pieces of work (yes, even at an audience-of-10s-or-100s level, a fanfic level if you will) contain a lot of good. I tend to reject the religious sides of all the works I've seen to date through skepticism and a lack of faith, though.

There is much - worryingly much? - to be said for the simplistic but perceptive teachings of the Church of Bill And Ted:
  • Be excellent to each other
  • Party on, dudes
Of course, the first of the two needs considerable clarification, but as Hollywood movies go, I've certainly seen far worse philosophy.

Meh... it comes and goes. Haven't done too well at getting up to productive things this afternoon, but I've had worse.

:-/ Just "Meh", really.
From:rialtus
Date:October 29th, 2002 09:22 am (UTC)
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I personally subscribe to Napoleon's Battle Plan -- "First you show up, then you see what happens." Sure, things didn't turn out too good for the big short guy, but I've never really had long term plans and like to think that I've been doing okay for myself.
From:philonightmare
Date:October 29th, 2002 12:34 pm (UTC)

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Poor you! I'm going to pray your days get better. Take is easy! Life cannot be analyzed and perfected in one day. Just go for one essential thing at a time.

I do loff those philosophies though. Quite sensible to me, personally. ;)

Hmm, the issues you seem so concerned about...well. They tend to always solve themselves given time and space. I let those things hit me when they come; not worry about everything at once. You'll end up a nervous wreck!

~Eram
From:cygnusfap
Date:October 29th, 2002 09:25 am (UTC)
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There are a lot of very difficult, very important questions about the basics of conducting life with which I am struggling at the moment and to which I cannot find good answers. Consequently I have been feeling rather down last night and today.

The answers will come - it's just a matter of when.


What I feel that I need is some inspiration. I will try to do something small but productive and see if that cheers me up.

That often does the trick for me. Something mundane like tidying my room or doing the dishes. While listening to music. I don't listen to music every day, but I find that it can get me inspired.


Hope you get inspired!
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From:calliaume
Date:October 29th, 2002 10:47 am (UTC)
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I personally enjoy listening to comedy albums when I'm down. Not necessarily watching comedies, but listening to LPs (Steve Martin, Bill Cosby, etc.).

Inspiration is difficult to come by. I'm trying to work on secondary characters for Omit One when I start writing for National Novel Writing Month Friday, and I'm finding it difficult, but challenging. I've done a lot of writing over the years, but I've never done it under deadline. Since none of what most of us will write is a candidate to be shortlisted for the Booker Award, perhaps this is just what is needed. Be inspired -- now!

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