Okay, I'm not in the Bahamas, but if you recall my last post was written four days ago and the temperature was in the teens and felt like -2 and today the temperature is somewhere around 70 degrees. Fort Greene Park is filled with tennis players, frisbee players, kids, dogs, people reading books and lying on the grass. It's practically the first day of spring!
Anyway, so in addition to the weather update, I did not have to perform the opening of my monologue the other day, which was great. Two other speakers performed - one did a soliloquy from Hamlet and someone else read Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech - so I was quite happy to watch two excellent actors get coached.
This morning I woke up in a pretty terrible mood and I always wish that I was the kind of person who wasn't depressed so much of the time. I could go back on an anti-depressant, but I'd prefer not to, so I guess I have to deal with the ups and downs. I tried meditation (not medication) this morning and that didn't help. So once again I decided to turn to Pema Chodron and I opened up "The Places That Scare You." I can't seem to find what I read this morning, but it definitely lifted me up and after that I drank a big cup of coffee (my antidepressant) and felt better. This is a difficult time to be optimistic, though I can say that I am extremely glad that we have Obama in the White House and I won't mention the former occupants, because that just makes me really mad.
And on Monday, President Obama is going to dismiss the limits on stem cell research that the former occupant of the White House put into effect and that alone is something to be cheerful about.
Also - I just started reading "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" and so far it's really good, so I have to get back to that. I hope wherever you are, that it's at least seventy degrees.