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Dream Time

Day Eighty of Solitude June 9th, 2020
tree on hill, blue sky
I sometimes recall a dream that leaves me wondering, "Why now and not then?" Perhaps the uncouncious has the equivilent of the 30 year rule and serves up some conclusions when the content has been in councious awareness for years. Dreams like this one:

I am working for a woman who tells me she has a message for me from an old partner who has found a house that would be suitable for us and it's a bargain at £34,000.
"And what's it's condition?", I am pretty sure what the answer would be.
"Apparently, it's just a shell." my employer replies. Yes, quite.

Hey subconcious can I please have more dreams like the one where I'm on a country walk and come across a square box with four black kittens in it.

Now that has some Jungian meat to get into plus the fun of waking up wondering how I am going smuggle four kittens into a house where the cats live outside.

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Meaning and Purpose

Day Fortynine of Solitude May 10, 2020
I have just finished reading The Ten Steps of Positive Ageing by Guy Robertson. It is a very clear, readable and straightforward manual for exploring the ageing process combining, amongst others, aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, personal growth and life harvesting.

The section that really spoke to me particularly was concerned with meaning and purpose, something that I had not reflected upon before. What gives my life meaning, do I have a sense my place in creation, do I know what I am here to do.

Having a sense of purpose gives our lives direction and motivation both of which are important throughout life but crucially important as we age.

Particularly as it would appear that society in general assumes that older people have no purpose other than to consume and be a burden.

Having meaning and purpose does not imply some grandiose scheme or a battle for glory, it can be volunteering for a cause close to our hearts, helping to nurture our grandchildren, running errands for housebound neighbours. There are as many ways of finding purpose as there people on the planet!

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What Day Is It?

Day Fortytwo of Solitude May 3rd, 2020
speckled hen
One of the effects of the current lockdown is that most days are not much different than the previous ones. No Tuesday is shopping day, no Thursday I meet Jim for a hike – all gone until some vague and ever extending point somewhere in the future.

There are five us here in community in a combination of self-isolating and social distancing and each of us has a daily task that changes each week in rotation on a Sunday.

Last week I was tending to the two cats and the six hens and this week I’m on office duties except that my waking brain did not register the day and off I set to carry out my chores.

Changed the cats’ water (why do they prefer greenish old rainwater to lovely Devon well water) noticing that their dry food bowls had food in I assumed they had not eaten any of their evening meal. Then I noticed that the tub for transporting the hens’ food was missing and went off to find another mumbling to myself about people taking stuff.

Luckily at this point Lucy came along and informed me that the hen’s were already out and fed, “But it’s my job.”
“That was last week, it’s Sunday.”

Of course there are various interpretations but I prefer to laugh and add one more thing to my 6:00am routine after waking up and enquiring of myself “How are you feeling?” which will be “What day is it?”

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