(1) This coffee tastes really good this morning. I invest in Seattle’s Best Portside Blend, and try to make it just right. A decent cup of coffee really gets the day started on the right foot.
(2) Slept seven hours solid last night, the most sleep I’ve achieved in a single shot for a while. A good night’s sleep has a way of making me feel “normal.”
(3) Started my new church job officially yesterday. Played my first service at the United Church. It went seamlessly. Also I really enjoyed Jodie’s sermon. Tuning into her, I realized she has a great gift. That’s always been the best part of a church piano job — the part where I get to leave the piano bench, take a seat in the pews, and listen to the pastor’s sermon. I also am happy to find that, after all these years, my sight-reading skills are still intact. Moreover, the congregation truly appreciated me.
(4) Interestingly, Ian from our circle also started his new job yesterday — as the pianist at First Presbyterian Church. I am happy to have been able to help First Pres find a piano player, and very happy to have been instrumental (no pun intended) in helping Ian land his first job.
(5) On Friday, I participated in a Zoom meeting involving two staff members from the recovery center, a Center employee who is currently homeless, and myself, as we addressed the concerns of two students from the State College who were curious why health care is so challenging for homeless people to attain. It evolved into a much broader discussion on the theme of homeless rights. I excitedly found the time to edit it for this Wednesday’s podcast, adding introductory music at the beginning and inspirational music at the end. Best of all, I left the meeting with a renewed sense of hope. And I enter the new week with focus.
Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.
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