Wednesday, January 6, 2016

M Train

I'm reading M Train, by Patti Smith. What I like most is the way she treats ordinary days and small events as significant, meaningful. She pays attention; she finds layers and connections in everything. Small objects lead to big ideas. And suddenly walking to a cafe for a cup of coffee and a piece of toast becomes an adventure, the way it is when you're traveling and every detail is new and interesting. Since I've been reading this book, I have also been looking at my own familiar world with the eyes of a traveler, an adventurer.

She's also a good example of following your heart. Many times in the book, she does thinks that make no sense from a practical point of view--buys a ramshackle house, gives all the money in her pocket to a stranger simply because he says so, travels across Mexico in the hope of writing a tribute to coffee--just because they make her happy, or they feel to her like the thing to do at the moment. We give a lot of lip service to following your heart and living in the moment and knowing that money isn't everything, but how often do we actually live that way? It feels like a revelation to be reminded it is possible to live that way, to take risks and seek magic, to answer to the voice inside instead of all the external voices of other people's expectations.

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  1. Sounds interesting. I like your description and how coffee and a piece of toast becomes an adventure.

    All the best to you throughout 2016.

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  2. This morning in the shower, I watched as drops of water fell from my left eyelashes - a blur, then a single drop in focus as it hit a certain spot in my line of vision, falling to a blur again. I stood transfixed and watched a good 20 drops. Who knew such a thing was even possible? Small miracles are all around us, I suppose.

    Hugs to you. But maybe don't trek across Mexico just now, as I hear the crime rate is staggering.

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    1. I don't drink coffee, so Mexico isn't in the near future. ;-)

      Here's to all the small miracles!

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  3. To be able to cut out the outside noise is incredibly difficult in today's world, Jennifer. I know I try many times--and need to try again. This book looks like I should add it to my ever towering stack. I'm reading Life of Pi and he does a lot of thinking and meditating on the important things in life. The author is exquisite in his details. I'm living this adventure with Pi on the Pacific Ocean. All the best to you, Jennifer, in 2016.

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    1. Happy 2016! And the best to you in your quest to balance the inner and outside worlds.

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