The Tao of Smash

One of my new widgets is a daily excerpt from Tao Te Ching. Today’s excerpt includes some good advice:

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

How happy would I be if I could be fair and generous, don’t try to control, do what I enjoy, and be completely present?

I also see on my weather widget that today’s forecast calls for thunderstorms. Yesterday, a storm woke me up at 6:30 a.m., and I could never get back to sleep. I had one of those lack-of-sleep headaches all damn day. Since I’ve been awake for an hour and a half already, I’m ready and waiting for the thunderstorm!

I’m not sure what about Summer storms I love so much–I guess the novelty of darkness, with only supernatural-seeming flashes of light slicing the sky, while the sun is still somewhere overhead. The idea that a band of weather can separate the Earth from the sun is a little exciting to me. The rhythm of the rain, even when it’s a little spooky, is soothing. Probably because I’ve just written this prose of love about thunderstorms means that we won’t have one.

Now that I think about it, this weather widget hasn’t been right once since I’ve gotten it. As for example, the forecast on it puts the highs in the 80s. Yesterday, it was easily 90 degrees. I think it’s already 80 degrees today, and weather widget says that today’s high is 84. I break up with you, weather widget! I know of a toolbar weather program for OS X, and I’m off to download it straight away!

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