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nope –> yep

about a week ago,
i finished reading
my 90th or 100th
thoroughly depressing
political book
in a year

my mind went, “great!
on to the next!”

alas, when my
eyes landed
on my to-read
pile, my body
replied with
a
visceral,
NOPE!

(enough grimness;
enough despair;
enough aching,
for now)

a week later,
my mind
continues
to say, “read more!
don’t become
complacent!”

meanwhile,
my body continues
to say,
NOPE!

so i tried
reading a health book
on my ereader
on break

one of my son’s
diary of a wimpy kid
books popped onto
the screen

i navigated away,
to my library,
and felt that
now-familiar
NOPE!
when i looked
at all the
“adult”
books

so i went
back to my son’s book

for ten minutes,
i laughed
from
my belly;
mind and body
together
hollering,
YEP!!!

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  1. July 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Sometimes enough is just enough, at least for a while. You’ll get back to serious reading when you can digest more of their insights. Taking a breather is fine, like cleaning the palate before enjoying the next course.

    • July 20, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      I think you’re spot on. One of the things I’ve been thinking about this last week, as I’ve listened to no podcasts and read very little, is how crowded my time and mental space have become when I stopped listening to musicals in the car and began stuffing it full of other kinds of work. I lost most my reflection time, but didn’t even notice until I felt myself physically repelled from the bookshelf. I’m taking the sign … and meaning to borrow more of Li’l D’s books in the meantime! ❤️

  2. July 20, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    There are some really great kids books out there. 🙂

    • July 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      I’ve read little bits and pieces of the Diary books to Li’l D at bedtime, but … now that I’ve spent a few minutes sinking into ‘me solo, I will definitely be making time for more, probably within moments of posting this comment. 😀

  3. July 20, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Yes! I love this. Take the break and enjoy a belly laugh. It’s good for the soul.

  4. July 21, 2017 at 8:40 am

    sometimes we need comfort, humor, and an easy read. good for you for listening to that NOPE!

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