Every Age, Every Culture

“Every age, every culture, every custom and tradition has its own character, its own weakness and its own strength, its beauties and ugliness; accepts certain sufferings as matters of course, puts up patiently with certain evils. Human life is reduced to real suffering, real hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap. A man of the Classical Age who had to live in medieval times would suffocate miserably just as a savage does in the midst of our civilization. Now there are times when a whole generation is caught in this way between two ages, two modes of life, with the consequence that it loses all power to understand itself and has no standard, no security, no simple acquiescence. Naturally, everyone does not feel this equally strongly. A nature such as Nietzsche’s had to suffer our present ills more than a generation in advance. What he had to go through alone and misunderstood, thousands suffer today.” ―Hermann Hesse

*Might have shared this quote before, but I’m honestly not sure. Regardless, it felt appropriate today.*

A Writer’s Most Powerful Weapon

“A writer’s most powerful weapon, his true strength, was his intuition, and regardless of whether he had any talent, if the critics combined to discredit an author’s nose for things, he would be reduced to a fearful creature who took a mistakenly guarded, absurdly cautious approach to his work, which would end up stifling his latent genius.” ―Félix J. Palma

Easier Said Than Done

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I’m having one of those days when I’m close to checking myself into a hospital to prevent a complete and total nervous breakdown.

My doctor’s appointment went really well though. 🙂 Of course, I question whether it went well because I eliminated the word “Fibromyalgia” from my vocabulary, or if it would have been okay to say it. I don’t like dumbing myself down, but this time I DO want a doctor to actually remember to put a diagnosis that important in my chart. I like that this is a group, so the referrals are all office-to-office, which is easier than having to look for someone on your own. Plus, one referral already got back to me with information, so I was surprised. The doctor’s assistant even called today to make sure I’m feeling better because the doctor is concerned that my sinuses are so bad, I could rebound with an additional infection. That phone call was SUCH a shock. I have family & friends who don’t even do that! It’s rare for me to meet someone and think “Wow! She’s such a doll.” In fact, I NEVER say that, so I definitely feel like I chose the right doctor.

Here’s hoping I don’t have that breakdown. I am trying really hard, but I feel like my head is going to explode from everything coming at me. I think the best advice I can give myself is not to answer the phone for the next day or so. I’m tired of hanging up angry, upset, or unable to form sentences.