(1) As I heard the rain outside my slightly cracked window last night, I felt a sense of peace, knowing that I have a roof over my head.
(2) Although I’ve not had phone service for a few weeks now, I am finding more and more that I don’t miss the modern day mobile phone device. There are lots of other ways to communicate, and there is great joy in the simplification of life.
(3) Come to think of it, it’s now been almost fifteen years since I’ve driven, and I don’t miss driving a car either. Thankful not to have to deal with car payments, cost of gas and maintenance, road rage, gridlock, and (above all) falling asleep on the road and rear-ending an SUV.
(4) Yesterday afternoon was nice in terms productive meetings with Z. and Kelsey. I’m glad I take the Sabbath on Saturday and glad my church lets me use the building.
(5) Grateful for my two computers and hi-speed Internet. My daughter and I have been chatting every day on Facebook video chat, which is also how I met with Kelsey, who’s important. I’ve also been using Finale 26 to score vocal parts. Many things can be done at home, while sheltering, while raining. Life is full of possibilities, even still.
“The superior man is distressed by the limits of his ability. He is not distressed by the fact that people do not recognize the abilities that he has.” — Confucius
(1) This morning I ran 4 miles in 57F degrees along Paradise Path. It was my first decent run in over a week, and it felt really good. I feel kinda cleansed now, and grateful.
(2) Enjoyed a second scheduled video chat with my friend Lynne Fisher this morning on WhatsApp. Thankful for our friendship and for WhatsApp, which makes it seem as though my friend from across the ocean is right there sitting in front of me.
(3) I keep adding to the arrangement I’ve been working on, and it’s getting closer to being finished. It will be interesting how it sounds with the singing over it, once we reach that stage. Thankful for Finalemusic notation software.
(4) Rehearsal went well on Tuesday, and it looks as though we’ve another one scheduled for Wednesday. Thankful that the church has been letting us meet once a week in small groups, observing social distancing. Even more thankful that most of the progress on the project is being made by individuals sheltering at home.
(5) I must say once again, I’m thankful for my apartment, that I have all to myself in solitude. I got up at three in the morning and spent the quiet hours reading and writing as I pleased. Then, when I came home from running, I downed a Gatorade and plopped down on the sofa exhausted. Now I’m smelling the coffee. Sheltering in place is a lot nicer than living in a place where there isn’t any shelter. Believe me — I’ve done both.
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” — Abraham Lincoln
(1) Stocked up on groceries last night during the wee hours. Glad I didn’t postpone it much longer, it already being the 6th. Enjoyed a brisk two mile walk to Winko’s, and took a cab back with multiple bags. Seeing all the food in my cupboard gives me a great sense of abundance. Chances are, I won’t go hungry for another month — and for that I am grateful.
(2) I had begun to think the players were drifting again, but now it appears we’ve been able to manifest a major rehearsal on Tuesday. The idea is to be ready to film our respective videos on site, and thus successfully add new female back-up vocals to the piece we’re working on. I suspect it will all come together by Friday.
(3) Good thing the Kids didn’t resurface for rehearsal till when they did, because in the interim I heard something fantastic in my head. It’s a beautiful adjustment to the back-up harmonies — much more authentic than the previous harmonies. Whereas before, I had constructed the harmonies almost arbitrarily according to my knowledge of four-part theory, now the true harmonies are emerging from a place that transcends four-part theory. (And the Kids show up just in time to sing them!)
(4) Paid the rent, did the laundry, and am putting things in place. Enjoying the vigor of hunkering down for another month of sheltering in a place of my own choosing.
(5) Getting ready for a 7-mile bike ride, for which last night’s brisk 2 mile walk was like a warm-up. Looking forward to my morning run tomorrow. When I lived outdoors, I used to feel this rush of gratitude every time I happened to get inside and have a place to myself for a while. Now I live indoors — and since sheltering in place I’ve discovered that same rush of gratitude every time I step outside to exercise alone. The Lord works in strange and mysterious ways.
“Let us temper our criticism with kindness. None of us comes fully equipped.”
— Carl Sagan