137. Sitting Quietly on a Cloudy Day

On December 6, 2010, Bruce Kramer was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.  He has a blog called   Dis Ease Diary (http://diseasediary.wordpress.com)  that is not so much a commentary on the “progress” of the disease as a weekly reflection on life, informed by the fact that each of us is temporarily able bodied and none of us gets out of this alive.  Bruce has graciously given me permission to quote parts of his blog for my blog. Installment number one is below.

There is nothing wrong with sitting quietly on a cloudy day just listening, listening to the sounds around me, listening to music or poetry or words or the inner voice that speaks when all is quiet. Find the quiet center. Find the purest tone. Find the holy. Find the always present voice, often drowned, washed over by the noise of productivity’s need. If the norm is loss, let go of the need to gain. Let go of the need to hold onto that whose ending is already written in the stars. Live through the ending, knowing that there is beauty in every moment of every breath, in every song, in the silent spaces, voices and breath and music.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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One Response to 137. Sitting Quietly on a Cloudy Day

  1. Bob says:

    Sweet thoughts

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