8/1 A need to examine your choices can drive you to reject any rash impulses vying for your attention. I generally only find myself examining the results of and resulting guilt from my choices and any rash impulses.
8/3 It might seem difficult for you to make choices about your life today (and that makes today different from any other fucking day how exactly?) which could be because you may feel stuck in your life. Does that mean right now in my life I feel stuck, or that I’m stuck inside my life like a truck in a mud bog kinda stuck? Perhaps you have been trying too hard…and applying undue pressure on yourself as a result. Uh huh. Say it ain’t so. You might try taking a deep breath and noticing where your feelings manifest themselves in your body. Gently breathe into that area and notice the thoughts that arise. I don’t even know what any of that means. I take a deep breath, and all I feel is all the stuff that hurts which is pretty much everything from the neck down.
8/5 Even if your schedule requires you to pass much of your day focusing on professional endeavors or chores (all my professional endeavors are, in fact, chores), you will likely savor any time you are able to spend in the company of loved ones or in the warm solitude of your home. I think The Grinch said it best: “I tell you Max, I don’t know why I ever leave this place. I’ve got all the company I need right here.”
8/6 Your craving for companionship and closeness can be at odds with a burgeoning desire to experience life as an autonomous individual. Reconciling these two very real needs could become a moral dilemma that causes you to retain a great deal of tension. You can ease your mind and quell the conflict within today by choosing to view each of these elements of your life as vital to your well-being. First of all, to have a moral dilemma, ya gotta have morals. Okay buh-bye. Second, if they’re both vital, how does that quell any conflict?
8/8 You may be dissatisfied with the nature of your responsibilities and lost in thoughts of pleasurable activities you would rather pursue. Mounting feelings of frustration can establish themselves in your emotional center. Maybe it’s just the English teacher/writer/editor part of me talkin’ here, but I think the proximity of “pleasurable activities” to the word “mounting” could have been improved upon.
8/9 You can make a larger dent in your schedule by working more intelligently instead of struggling to expend more effort on the duties before you. Again, maybe it’s the English teacher/writer/editor brain, but…is it just me, or did someone use 25 words just to say “Work smart not hard?”
8/23 You may be feeling that you or your efforts aren’t being acknowledged today or are being ignored. Story of my entire teaching career for the past 26 years. If you make efforts today that others fail to respond to or acknowledge, you might consider giving yourself the applause and acknowledgment you feel you deserve. What I deserve is more god damn money. In the words of John Waters, “A check would have been an homage.”