If We Were Having Coffee

Monday, March 4, 2019

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that today I didn’t go to work because school was cancelled. I went to Starbucks to buy myself a cup of coffee and a sausage, egg, and cheddar sandwich. I rarely go to Starbucks. 

Before I went out, I brushed off snow from the car. Even though I don’t like cold weather, for a moment I was grateful for the cold, for the snow, and even for winter. Breathing in the cold air brought me to my senses. I felt my aliveness. It helps that it’s a sunny day. Had it not been a sunny day, I’m almost sure I wouldn’t have been so grateful for the cold.

Thoughts on Blogging

Lately, I’ve been feeling this need to check myself for plagiarism when I post a blog post. I think that I relate so much to other bloggers, especially the ones that are more personal. Has this happened to you?

Sometimes I find myself wondering if I’m using their wording when I share similar thoughts and experiences. This makes me rewrite my sentences or makes me think about rewriting them.

I finally updated my “About” page and took some time to write my goals for this blog. At the core, I want blogging to help me strengthen my writing in areas such as in discipline, voice, clarity, confidence, etc. Becoming a more active blogger has already helped me greatly with this.

The purpose of this blog will probably change as time goes by, but I’ve noticed an essence of it remains the same: the joy and love of writing. This reminds me of the blog post “Write What You Want… As Long You Tell the Truth” by Brian Rowe. He writes about how writing should always be truthful.

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In my personal writing, I’ve noticed that writing always brings me to some truth whether or not I choose to be completely honest or vulnerable in my writing. When I’m writing I can feel when I’m not being honest with myself. Even then, that dishonesty or inability to be vulnerable becomes my truth.

Thoughts on Music

I can’t believe I kept my word and didn’t not listen to music for two days. How much time can you go without listening to music? I did this because I tend to do things to distract myself from feeling my emotions. This includes listening to music. I think music adds beauty, meaning, and company to my life. I’d become dependent on it.

Not listening to music made me reflect on the beauty and meaning that’s already inside me. It also made me wonder whether listening to music makes me feel less alone. 

Since I couldn’t listen to the songs I wanted to listen to, I searched the songs’ lyrics, and I tried to sing them or hum them. This made me think about how music starts inside the artist. I found rhymes in the lyrics. I paid more attention to the words. The songs without their music became poems.

Not listening to music also gave me a new perspective on the silence. Silence can be just as meaningful and beautiful as music. I caught myself paying more attention to my thoughts. Time seemed to go slower. Life went on without music, but I could still hear and feel the music inside me.

8 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee

  1. Aye its amazing what our minds reciprocate from creative to visual , As writer or author hand is to the quill as one entity flow with grace , So does our mind intertwine with our hearts. For me writing and expressing my thoughts and how I see the world through my eyes , its not about if others get me or comprehend my level understanding. I will always stay true to my testament and code of honour I live by , being true leader isn’t about perfection or popularity as I have stated its about giving helping hand to others to finding their own greatness well dealing with your own storms trying rip you apart.




  2. This was a great post! I love what you had to say about music. I often find myself listening to music during every gap in my day and I too have recently been opting to take my walks or errands in silence. Which offers a totally different sense of calm and awareness, allowing me to tune into how I’m feeling and what thoughts are arising. Thanks for sharing! x

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  3. I love your posts, because you think a lot like I do and yes I felt as if I had a cup of coffee with you. I love music and can understand the lyrics and artists you love get into your head. Silence I have learnt is a good thing, but then sometimes songs pop into my head and wonder. And yes there is certain songs running around in my head usually. I love that you want to improve your writing and blogging, I feel there we are kindled spirits, and so I am so happy when I see one of your posts pop up on my notification. Look forward to more and chat real soon. Kylie xox

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  4. What you write about music I find very interesting because recently I have had the opposite experience: I have started listening to music, as if for the first time, sometimes with headphones when I really want it loud, and I realize that for a year or so I have been listening mostly to inner music. I need both forms. In my case, it is easy to go a long time without listening to much music because I don’t drive and I don’t listen to the radio at home. When we’re at our cabin, the music is on all night, but that’s not day to day life. Although I don’t listen to music while I write (that’s when inner music becomes so important to me), I have discovered in recent weeks that my favorite songs return to me while I am rereading one of my own texts, or even while I am writing one. Thanks for such a thought provoking post, and I also completely relate to your new perspective on silence, without music. I hope you have continued to have a good day without work.

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    • I love this! I agree about the importance of listening to inner music while writing. Songs also return to me while I’m writing, and if I’m journaling on paper, I sometimes find myself writing the lyrics of the songs I can hear in my mind. Thank you for reading! 😀

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