January 25, 2010
Bertrand Russell writes that, "To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."
I'm not sure exactly what he meant. But I know what his words mean to me, and I'm a firm believer in making other people's writing my own.
2. An incredible blind date with Jasmine, at Aroma Di Roma. She reminded me of so many things I keep forgetting - like how it's okay to be angry about things, and to ask God why. Like how it takes a long time to work through some things, and that's okay too. Like how I'm not sure why I didn't start going on blind girl dates sooner...? Also was reminded of where, exactly, the 710 is, and the fact that I should really pee before I start driving around with the possibility of getting lost with a full bladder (possibly not the first time I have seriously considered peeing in my driver's seat).
4. Jasmine's church recommendation. Under the firm conviction that I will never feel at home here unless I force myself into a few awkward situations, I made myself drive downtown by myself and go to The Garden, a church that meets at Cohiba Cigars. These people have church in a club so they can be close to where life happens (and the people who need love and hope and help) downtown. They talk about the homeless. They sing with the lights down low so they can't stare at each other while they try to talk to God. They talk A LOT about the city, and how to be active in their community. They have a coffee bar in the back. Most of them have killer tattoos.
I think I'm starting to get the hang of some things.
Thanks for the leg up, dearest Bertrand.
(photos via weheartit.com)