This Week Ten Years Ago

The Week of 2/5/2006

Witty one liner: I was just sitting there, walking.

Quote of the week: “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Offbeat oddity (courtesy of the planner): “Sneaker” was first used to describe a rubber-soled tennis shoe in 1873

Planner quote: “The strength of the team is each individual member…the strength of each member is the team.” – NBA Coach Phil Jackson


The witty one-liner is actually something that I say often when I talk with my friends about stories. I will start off with the character “just sitting there” but then the next sentence completely contradicts that statement. Thankfully, my friends are an understanding lot and they let it slide every time.

I am not quite sure what my obsession with Ralph Waldo Emerson was, but I am not longer feeling it at the ripe old age of 26. What is the color of my spirit? When I attempted to practice reiki many years ago I would imagine my energy as an aqua blue light and I never see that color in nature. Perhaps he is speaking more to the character of the spirit and if your spirit is one way when you look into nature that is what you will see. If you are a dastardly and evil spirit then all you see is twisted trees and shadows and smell the dank, wet scent of decomposition, and if you are a bright, cheery spirit you see sunshine and pretty dewdrops, etc. Honestly, as someone who suffers from Seasonal Depression, I believe nature has more of an impression on us. But then you can always say that we see what we want to see and that everything is actually empty until we fill it with our own meaning.

One thing that always bugged me about high school was everything was always related to sports. You go to a leadership seminar and the sports examples and movies and metaphors were overwhelming and annoying. Every time they wanted to demonstrate “true leadership” they threw on a sports movie. As a person with activity induced asthma, I had an immediate panic reaction to the thought of running. Thus, constantly relating everything to sports I never wanted to play or had any interest in watching simply turned me off.

That being said, the quote is not a bad one.

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