The Color Scheme of Injury

“But he won’t let the pain blot out the humor no more’n he’ll let the humor blot out the pain.” ~ Ken Kesey

“The first step to the knowledge of the wonder and mystery of life is the recognition of the monstrous nature of the earthly human realm as well as its glory, the realization that this is just how it is and that it cannot and will not be changed. Those who think they know how the universe could have been had they created it, without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death, are unfit for illumination.” ~ Joseph Campbell

“Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams healing can begin.” ~ Danielle Burnock

Ack. I forgot to wear my neck brace overnight. My bad. The payment is under way. Ouch. Poor me, right? Yeh, I suppose. It is a prime opportunity to practice mindfulness throughout the day. This being a work day makes the mindfulness necessary, and there is always the hope that I might even find myself in Flow, the Zone, whatever. Whatever the case, I will have fun. Laughter is the best medicine. Say, does Reader’s Digest even exist anymore? Family Circle? Boy’s Life? Whatever. The truth is I could easily go back to sleep, even after two cups of delicious black coffee. Strong, dark, and bitter – I call it Ex-Wife coffee. Yes, I’d enjoy seeing her again. There are no romantic feelings; those left 40 years ago. But my inner Hopeful Romantic has been quite active lately, sometimes to an annoying degree. I do have a flesh and blood muse, but I have only seen her once since the stay at home stuff began. Though I may flirt with obsession at times . . . well, now is not one of those times. Now, it is time to get an early start at getting ready for work. I think I will wear my red paisley mask today. It will highlight both the t-shirt I will wear, and the lovely bluish purple bruises that encircle my left eye. Is there any reason that color scheme should not include a black eye? No, of course not.

All is well. Goof gloriously.

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