The Persistence of Yellow

Longtime readers know I took a break from work, the world, my life and friends last year.  Months actually.  I have been back at work just over a year now.

While off work I made some big changes and some subtle changes.  I wanted to take advantage of the life I am blessed with.  I wanted to give back to the people I love and I wanted to look after myself and my community more.  Somewhere along the way, I forgot some of the things I learned.

Negativity can seep in.  Like any other bad habit negativity can sneak up on you and make you look at things different than they really are.  It is a matter of changing your thinking.  I did a lot of that this year.  Training my brain to look at situations differently.  Sometimes I failed, and sometimes the brilliance of it shone through.  It does work.  Granted, life is hard but sometimes I make it harder than it needs to be. 

I’ve slipped a little in the last month.  Like any other bad habit you need to keep reworking it.  Learn.  Try. Encourage yourself.  I am reminded to do these things – for myself.  I am better for everyone around me when I look after myself.

Here is a snippet that I re-read today.  A snippet from The Persistence of Yellow – a gift from a wise friend.  The date on the jacket cover is November 2007.

Here are two passages that I wanted to share.

Once upon a time, a girl prayed for true love.

Her prayer was answered.  She learned to love herself.


He offered her the world.

She said she had her own.



  1. jo said,

    December 20, 2008 at 8:12 am

    two of my favorite!… 🙂

  2. Thursday said,

    December 21, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I do love the second! Fortunately, I also married it… 8)

  3. sizzlesays said,

    December 22, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Love both of those quotes.

  4. finn644 said,

    December 23, 2008 at 10:47 am

    that’s beautiful

    given what life has thrown at me and my family this year these words have never been more true

  5. alan said,

    December 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    You figured out that part about negativity so much younger than I did! It’s no wonder; you really are brilliant!

    Thank you for a year of smiles and learning and beauty!

    Thank you for sharing your life with me!


  6. Lindsey said,

    January 11, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I had to write down that quote.

    It’s one of those that…after you read it, there is a resounding silence…while the truth and weight of it sinks in.

    Thanks for sharing it. Hope you had a good Christmas. My New Years resolution was to try to be less of a recluse. :o)

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