Wednesday, January 22, 2014
"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queeen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
-- Lewis Carroll
My sister-in-law gave me a coffee cup with the above quote inscribed on it as a gift several years ago, when things were a bit stalled in my life. It's one of my favorite cups.
For the past few weeks, when I've had the luxury of drinking my coffee at home (on work days, I grab it in a to-go cup), I've found myself digging this cup out of the cupboard, and even out of the dishwasher and washing it by hand (if you know me, you'll know this is a rare thing - I quite dislike washing dishes...), so I can use it instead of the other five perfectly good cups I have in the cabinet.
While it's not been near as cold here as it has for my dear ones in Minnesota, it's been dark. My project is stalled, work is frustrating, I am tired - and part of me is convinced it will stay this way FOREVER! The email migration at work will never be finished, it will never be light when I have to get up in the morning, the weather will never warm up long enough for my foundation work to be completed.
The cup has provided much-needed balance to my litany of woe. I wake up when it is light (I don't get up in the dark for much on the weekends any more - I don't have to), I stretch, I make my cereal and coffee. I sit enjoying the light (this house has wonderful windows), cup my hands around the welcome warmth of the mug, and practice believing impossible things.
I've never made it up to six, but sometimes I get myself to believe in one or two, which is pretty good for me...