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Well, Day One of my "30 days of positive" project will have to go down as a success.
I smiled a little bit more often today. It takes concentration and feels strange to replace my usual scowl with a smile, but I did it for a little while. I started to let something negative slip early this morning, talking to a couple of fellow teachers, but caught myself and shut it down. I didn't rip the heads off any kids today (figuratively speaking, of course), and I went to the golf course after work and hit a small bucket of range balls, so I'll count that as exercise for the day. Tomorrow, I'll actually get up (at 4:15 a.m.) and be at the gym by around 5, for a round of treadmill walking and some resistance training (lifting weights).
After dinner here in a few minutes, I'll pick up my guitar for the first time in a long time and play for awhile. There are no callouses on my left-hand fingertips any more, so it's gonna hurt pretty quickly. Gonna have to work up to some decent practice time. Then, I'll take a crack again at my pretty new saxophone. I've always wanted to play saxophone, so I finally decided to go ahead and get one a few months ago. Started practicing, then got a nasty chest cold that lasted forever and couldn't breathe so good.
I'm writing right now, and I'll probably work a little later on a couple of books I'm editing for my publisher. Not only are they redesigning and reissuing my book, "Finding God in Texas," in paperback and e-book, but I'm also doing some online proofreading for 'em. I'm great at spotting typos and other errors, and I love doing it. And they're paying me for it!
That's pretty much everything on the list for my new project, except saying, "Today is going to be a great day," first thing in the morning. My close friend (brother), Bobby, swears he does this every day, as soon as he wakes up. So I will do it, too. I did not do it first thing this morning, but I remembered to say it later on. Another thing Bobby has told me to do is to say this, "God, please help me focus on a positive attitude." Not, give me a positive attitude, but help me focus on a positive attitude. I don't think I squeezed that one in today.
But I was in a pretty darn good mood today, and I'm feeling pretty good right now.
I'm writing a weekly column for a friend's new newspaper in a nearby town, and part of my daily writing time will be spent finishing my book about me and the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in northern Spain, which I have walked twice. Also, an artist friend is working on illustrations for a cool, little children's book I wrote, so there are some exciting things going on.
Not to mention the fact that the end of the school year is quickly coming into focus. That sho' nuff gonna be a beautiful day.
Plans for the summer include a solo trip to Key West, to eat, drink and be merry for about a week. A little snorkeling, maybe some deep-sea fishing, lots of fresh seafood consumption. Some other stuff on tap, as well. Hopefully, some book signings! Y'all gotsa come.
Ciao, y'all ...
A few reviews of John's books
The 30-Day Optimism Solution:
“Part memoir, part informative text. You get both when reading 'Depression Blues' by John H. Clark III. Mr. Clark shares his struggles with depression in an honest and real way, and as the book progresses, so does his hope. Woven into the story as jumping off points are bits of information about depression and ways to "conquer" the sadness, loneliness, and despair that comes with it.
Mr. Clark becomes more than an author in this book; he becomes a friend who understands the pain of depression and provides light. I recommend this book to anyone looking for light or to anyone who knows someone with depression and wants to learn more.”
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