Facebook’s always asking to know what’s on my mind


Lately I’ve had more time to think. A couple of my closest friends have gone off to the hinterlands, places like New York and the North Carolina coast (they don’t know this, of course, but anywhere I am is the center of the universe), so I am lately alone a bit more.

Sometimes being alone feels like a gift. Sometimes, it feels like pure bloody hell. At other times, being alone can bring quiet surprises.

I did have a thought which may not seem terribly significant, but it came within a minor awakening that crept in on the edge of an equally minor disappointment.

What I thought was this: “You don’t always get what you want, but if you look a bit farther ahead, you might find that you can give what you like to receive.”

It’s all there, inside you. On some days, you might have to dig a little deeper to find it, but when you do, you’ll feel like you’ve reinvented the wheel.

Small Italian boy at Rome's flea market, 1970

Small Italian boy at Rome’s flea market, 1970

About Russ Wollman

My feet are finally in the water, and I want to keep them there.
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1 Response to Facebook’s always asking to know what’s on my mind

  1. Ah loneliness. I know it well. The room can be filled or empty and loneliness can still creep in. Yet when I realize I am connected to everybody and everything the loneliness shifts into an explosion of joy and wonder. The key is to remember when I am so busy forgetting.

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