Musical Temperance: Harbour Lights

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Musical Temperance
(credit: Compassionate Revolt)

This week on Musical Temperance I discussed the difficulty around offering and accepting help, not only for ourselves, but those around us. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me and my loved ones. We’re all going through it, all trying to push on through, and it made me think about the responsibilities we have to ourselves and our loved ones as adults.

In order to offer and accept support, we first need confidence in the space we hold in our relationships. We cannot give without knowing what we have and likewise cannot ask for help without knowing what we need. There’s much more room here than we first assume and as we settle into ourselves, we may be surprised by the capacity of our emotional expanse and its ability to house our struggle, our desire to love and help, and even our loneliness.


Sunday, June 28th, 2015

“I don’t do small talk,” she grins, a flirtatious challenge to bookend our evening.

I’m still nursing my second drink, the glass sweating in my hand. “Isn’t this how you get to know someone?”

“You’ll ask about my job or if I have pets, but what do you learn about me other than adjectives? Just say something true about yourself.”

I unfasten my watch to reveal a crooked scar on my wrist. She traces her index finger along my childhood casualty like a treasure map, hooking herself to the space between my skin and shirt sleeve, pulling our orbits together.

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Originally posted on Bamboo Ridge for their June Bamboo Shoots contest.  100 words on the theme of beginnings.