August 5th, 2008

Gentleness

Treasure of the soul

Ah, to drink deep the joys of life - the adventures, the home-cooked foods, the good friends, and the glory of nature in its ever changing dance. Snatch those fireflies and hide them deep within your soul. Let the memories jingle in your head on the way to work and on the way home, too. They may just put a skip in your step and a smile on your face.

This is what I think to myself as I sit on the metro, watching the day rise.

Suddenly, a panging thought. Am I holding it all too close? I stand in a gossamer realm of time between eternities - is it wrong to be so satisfied on the riches of this moment and place?

Then, another thought springs unbidden to my mind - a reminder that I am not the only one whose heart seeks to contain life's wonders. "But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." Luke 2:19

Ah, to be a vessel for all the blessed treasures of life: the sweetest tastes, the funniest stories, the finest arts, the kindest memories, the most curious things, and the most beautiful things. The heart that stores up good surely shines like gold - and that is what I seek to be like. Though this flesh will not endure, this soul will someday be robed in new glory to match the transformation that is already at work. Then the shoddy cloak of the sage will be changed to match the jade hidden beneath the collar (if you all remember the 70th chapter of Tao Te Ching).

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me [Paul], these do, and the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9
Jehoshabeath

CW update

Morse Runner practice is going better. I am getting more calls on the first try without having to ask the stations to repeat themselves. Then, I've begun practice copying news headlines at 15 wpm, 20 wpm Farnsworth. 15 wpm! I am getting closer to my goal! I can hardly believe that I can actually follow along at that speed. A few weeks ago that seemed impossible.

Sending practice is also going pretty well, but my fingers are taking some time to get the hang of it. I think sending reinforces the sound of the characters in a way that really helps my copying, though. I'm getting more comfortable differentiating similar characters like "h" and "5" without counting :P (di-di-di-dit and di-di-di-di-dit). I want to practice more, but I am too sleepy to concentrate at the moment. Hopefully I will get some more time to practice tomorrow. I got a little tied up on the metro today and lost some of my precious free time. The Red line always seems to have delays...
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