My wife and I are staying with good friends right now, who happen to be introverts just like us. The other morning, when I saw them coming down the stairs, we didn’t exchange verbal greetings, just smiles and nods, and we were all at peace with that.
It’s back to school, and for some, it’s off to college for the first time. My friend, who got a tattoo when she went away to college, admonished her undergrad niece not to do drugs but, to my knowledge, didn’t say anything about anything else.
I’m interested in what goes on inside a person. When talking to someone, my intuition automatically searches, reaching and reading past the outer person. If the person insists on staying in small talk mode, my attention can lose focus. I feel bad about that because I care about people deeply.
Sometimes when I do something playfully creative, someone will say that I have “way too much time” on my hands. First of all, it doesn’t always take a lot of time to implement creative ideas, and if it does, what better way to spend my time!
The dragon drawing is based on Satoshi Kamiya’s “Ancient Dragon”, an intricate and truly remarkable piece of origami with about 275 steps. My wife helped me clarify the cartoon with the dragon’s words.
Yesterday, my wife and I were talking with our friend, a fiction writer, about submitting writing for publication, acceptances, rejections, etc. We ended up analyzing different kinds, or tiers, of rejections in order to keep the hope alive. It was mutually encouraging and made us all want to write more.