Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit the evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.I was curious to know more about him, so I googled and came to the (ah, so scholarly) Wikipedia description, as follows:
To Epictetus, all external events are determined by fate, and are thus beyond our control, but we can accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. Individuals, however, are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline.
Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable, or from neglecting what is within our power. As part of the universal city that is the universe, human beings have a duty to care for all fellow humans. The person who follows these precepts will achieve happiness and peace of mind.Caretaking this moment means that today, Monday, and in the week ahead, I will see to the following:
- Getting my taxes done, and ready to drop off at the accountant's. Nothing like waiting until the last possible week!
- Getting to the bottom of why the chapter when Anna finds Pascal with another woman who ends up becoming his new girlfriend reads more like a French farce, or actually more like an American Francophile writing a French farce, and find another way to get him out of the picture for a while that doesn't feel like a contrivance, that doesn't feel like deus ex machina, and is true to character, to these characters, because after all, I'm writing psychological realism here, not farce.
- Calling the first vet who diagnosed Zoe's cancer and finding out more about where the tumor started, so that the integrative vet can put a needle in its "grandfather" (to be discussed) when he makes a house call on Saturday. This may involve playing phone tag, but so be it.
- Getting started on the revised two-part review/essay due at The North American Review by the 21st. Yikes!
- Starting to do something a bit more intentional about my core muscles. What happened to two minutes of plank a day? They've weakened up. I was going to take Pilates. Why didn't I?
- Meditating and writing and walking with Zoe every day, never forgetting the luxury it is inhabit these situations so fully, with so much mind and heart, I could burst.
Good Monday, gentle reader, and may the situations you caretake today and this week bring you satisfaction and peace.