I’ve been meaning to start doing Cee’s Share Your World for a while; finally managed to save the right post at the right time to have the current questions, etc. It always seems fun so I’m glad I managed to get there finally.
What was the last time you went to a new place?
If we’re talking travels, long enough I don’t remember. Locally, tried a new restaurant a couple of weeks ago. Actually an established restaurant that I’d not experienced. A lovely ride through the countryside to the Kentucky River palisades for a dinner by the river. Even in winter, the beauty and peace left me feeling good. The menu full of deep fried stuff, not so much…
If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels, other? And what type of genre would you prefer?
I think I’m more an essayist than a fiction writer. As a child I wrote poetry but haven’t been interested for years. When I turn to fiction, I tend toward novels — which I also prefer reading over short stories.
Out of your five senses (touch, taste, sight, smell, hearing) which is your favorite?
Boy, that’s a tough one. Touch is probably the one I could most easily eliminate from the list — not so much that I don’t use it as that I don’t derive as much pleasure from it as often… After that, I’d say they’re equal. I’m something of a foodie, so taste means a lot. Love to look at beautiful landscapes, paintings, and my loved ones’ faces, so very fond of that one. I’ve always been a perfume gal and love to burn incense, work with aromatherapy, etc. Very tuned into scents. And I’m a music lover — started playing piano at six and have participated in and listened to music avidly all my life — great fondness for that one too. If I have to pick a fave — can’t do it…
If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?
In whose perception, mine or theirs?
Most Americans seem to me to be largely discontented. By normal standards, my life of illness and soul searching apparently looks like a big flop. I, on the other hand, after years of meditating, yoga, exploring, etc. feel content in spite of having a life that went off the track I planned.
I’ve found that many people whose lives appear “great” on the surface have many issues or darker feelings roiling under the surface. That many people who always say everything is good are not all that happy. That many who appear successful by standards of wealth or power are deeply unhappy or discontent.
In my world of spiritual seekers, many don’t have the outward trappings of success that Americans tend to value, but are far more serene, content, and optimistic. The mainstream thinks we’re crazy…
Whose perception, mine or theirs?
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Great news about progress of healing (see post on other blog) is what I’m most grateful for — though that’s this week, not last. I try to stay in the moment and not waste my today thinking too much about tomorrow, but to the extent that I am looking forward anyway, continued progress on completing this healing process is the main thing.
For Cee’s Share Your World Challenge