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“We were together. I forget the rest.”

Love + Work

Do you think people who love their work feel guilty? I have come to the conclusion that some people might.  We think we can’t possibly get pleasure out of our job, and if we do, well we shouldn’t, not with all the people who toil away for not enough pay and  not enough respect.

I love teaching preschoolers. But there are other things I would really like to do, or attempt to do, but there seems to be a block in my mind. I’ve been trying to make sense of it, and in typical Jessica fashion, I’m over thinking it a bit. (Oh, you couldn’t tell?).

Writing is one of those things. It’s what I went to school for and really, I have always loved it. But I dance around it, never really committing to it. If you’re hoping this blathering has some satisfying conclusion, well,  it doesn’t. Not yet. But I came across this today, and it freed something up in my mind. To be continued.

1. Make sure you enjoy writing.
Writers always like to say how hard the writing process is and how much suffering it causes. They’re lying. People don’t like to admit they make a living from something they genuinely enjoy.

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This entry was posted on May 22, 2013 by .

Jessica Clare

Preschool teacher, writer, trouble maker.

LIVES: Seattle. By way of Santa Fe, San Francisco, and NYC.
LOVES: John
DAYDREAMS:Strong coffee. Gourmet magazine. Stinky cheese. Date night with new strappy heels. Green chile. Going back to India. Unabashed displays of love. Vegetable gardens. Clean sheets. Unruly stacks of books. Breaking Bad marathons. Writing like Joan Didion ,Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Joseph Stroud. Cookbooks. French 75s. Sequins with jeans. Leaving love notes.
BELIEVES: “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.” Albert Einstein “The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love.” St. Teresa of Avila “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances without own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” Joseph Campbell

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