Is it really been a week since my last post? Time flies, having fun or not. Been reading, nothing terribly original or challenging, but better than the constancy of the Idiot Box. I did, however, become a constant viewer of Oprah Winfrey's Lifeclass, which was kind of like Oprah's Greatest Hits. She went through her shows and grouped together those that supported a single lesson, life view, etc. One that stood out to me was "when people tell you who they are, believe them".
I have tended not to believe people, as often what they'll say is a negative attribute and we're trained in this culture not to support negativity - but people often know more about themselves than they might be aware of. I have a friend who used to say the following about herself: "deep down inside i think i'm really superficial". i used to think that was a clever use of words, until there was a crisis in our friendship and she simply stopped returning my calls. The crisis? According to Janet, i wasn't paying as much attention to her as i usually did and it went on for months. It took me awhile to figure out the timeline - yes, it did, for the first few months after my mother's death. At times I wonder what it was 'really' about - then i decided it was about exactly what she told me. She's not that complicated.