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January 4th, 2008

There's a woman in Somalia, a New Year's Hope - Lj Idol Topic 8 @ 09:48 am

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There is a woman in Somalia
Scraping for pearls on the roadside
There's a force stronger than nature
Keeps her will alive
This is how she's dying
She's dying to survive
Don't know what she's made of
I would like to be that brave


My shower is my study.

Odd, I know, but I do most of my serious, deep thinking, considering, and reflecting in that heavenly cube. As the New Year's festivities taillights leave us to reveal the very distant starlight of a new one to come, I thought of a resolution or prediction I might make for the coming year.

I'm not much for New Years resolutions. Last year I resolved not to make another New Years resolution, and it's probably the first resolution I 've ever kept for a whole year. It seems, for me, that I make a resolution and follow it for a month or two, but then either break it without ceremony or ignore it when it's becomes inconvenient to follow it.

I'm not a certified psychic. I don't frequent late night talk shows parading my predictions for the possible outcome of the war or the election. I refuse to predict who will be hot or not. So I guess predictions are out too.

As that preciously hot water coursed over me this morning, hungry rivulets devouring up the dirt and oil of the previous day and mesmerizing my mind into inspirational bliss, I realized just how many people both in this country and abroad aren't able to enjoy a long, hot, luxurious shower. I thought of those without running water that must walk miles to gather small amounts of tepid water for their families to drink, amounts that I was using as I sat idly thinking. Most of all, I thought about all that I have, and how grateful I am that I have it.

She cries to the heaven above
There is a stone in my heart
She lives a life she didn't choose
And it hurts like brand-new shoes


I hope that the new year wil bring hope to those who have little or no hope. I hope that I can appreciate the fact that I have "always-on" access to the internet, that I can pick up the phone and call a friend anytime for very little money, that I have a fully stocked refrigerator, that I have money that I can use for the luxury of food. I'm grateful for the education that I have, and that it will afford me access to a good job and a comfortable life.

I hope that I do not take my life for granted. I hope that every day that I'm in the shower, synapses and neurons snapping away merrily worrying about something truly trivial, that I remember the woman in Somalia, the man sleeping under the park bench downtown, the starving veteran who has had so much taken away for such a high price to his country. I hope to remember the single mother, so beaten down she lacks the will to even live much less provide hot meals to her children.

Today, I hope for the hopeless. I hope for those who look up to the same sky that I live under, who are scraping the side of the road for pearls that they know will never come, beautiful pearls of hope formed from minute grains of a dream, a wish, a want, a hope.

There is a woman in Somalia
The sun gives her no mercy
The same sky we lay under
Burns her to the bone
Long as afternoon shadows
It's gonna take her to get home
Each grain carefully wrapped up
Pearls for her little girl

Hallelujah
Hallelujah


Man, I'm lucky. I hope I never forget that, never.


Quotes from the lyrics of Pearls by Angelique Kidjo featuring Josh Groban on the album Djin Djin
Entry written for the The Lj Idol writing contest. If you like it, show your support for it by voting for it and other entries that you like.
 
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From:boundfate
Date:January 4th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
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This is beautiful.
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From:djner
Date:January 4th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Glad you liked it, I've been throwing this idea around for a hile, and haven't been able to sit down and write it because family's been here Hope that turning it in this late won't hurt me too badly.
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From:spydielives
Date:January 4th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
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This is a lovely entry

[psst: I think there is a typo in the first line]
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From:djner
Date:January 4th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
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THanks for the comment. Thank goodness you're a typo Nazi, if it weren't for you, I'd be forever in trouble. Hopefully this week I get to read entries for a change. Haven't been able to do that the past few topics. I'm forever in your debt :D. Thanks again.
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From:spydielives
Date:January 4th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
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You are welcome.

I seem to be much better at locating a misplaced something or other in other people's writings than I am in my own. Thankfully, I have plenty of other eyes for me.

Forever in my debt, eh?

I have a long memory what were we talking about?

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From:puppetmaker40
Date:January 4th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Good job. Yeah, the shower is my thinking spot too. Only time I KNOW I am not getting interrupted by the call of "MMMooooooMMMMMY" because my husband knows how important my shower time is to me.

May your luck continue.
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From:djner
Date:January 5th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
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Thanks for your comment. Yep, my shower is important to me. I try to limit it, but when I lived on campus and in an apartment where utilities were paid for, I'd stay there for a long time. Not a good steward of the water supply but anyway. I've come p with lots of ideas there.
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From:angstzeit
Date:January 4th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Two of my entry ideas have come to me in the shower, including the last one. But they weren't of the shower or as poignant.
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From:djner
Date:January 5th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the poignant compliment. Yes, I do enjoy my shower time, seems to spark the creative and scientific juices for sure.
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From:imafarmgirl
Date:January 4th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
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I love it!
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From:djner
Date:January 5th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:sushimustwrite
Date:January 4th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm also a shower muser, where so many solutions to difficult problems and plot holes, new creations, and LJ Idol topics find their ways to my mind.

Upon thinking of it, there *has* to be an LJ community for shower musers. There's one for everything else...
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From:djner
Date:January 5th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
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Perhaps if there is not one, we should start one. There *has* to be people besides just ourselves who would join. Perhaps we could muse on hwo to install waterproof keyboards and monitors so as to allow for composition of written material and musings from within our mysterious steamy cubes. Mmmmm.
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From:baxaphobia
Date:January 5th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
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Absolutely wonderful entry!
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From:djner
Date:January 5th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
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Glad you liked it. Thanks!
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From:walkertxkitty
Date:January 5th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
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This is so beautifully written and thought provoking!

I do my best thinking in the shower too. As for gratitude: I've been without so I am appreciative of everything I have. So many luxuries people take for necessity.
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From:djner
Date:January 5th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
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Being without always helps to augment grattitude.

Thanks for your kind words on this entry. Go for shower thinking! Keep commenting and reading, and I'll do the same. Hope we're in this thing for a long while.
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From:n_decisive
Date:January 5th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
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Really and truly appreciated the beauty of your gratitude and the strength with which you hope not to lose it in the new year.
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From:djner
Date:January 5th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
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THanks for your comment.

I wrote the entry not to change how others acted or believed, but to remind myself how I must be thankful for what I have. I WILL succeed in this resolution, it's the only *good* way to do things. And when I'm positive about something, it usually gets done.

Thanks again.
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From:mme_furiosa
Date:January 5th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
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I really, really like this one!
I often refer to my bathtub as "the office." I do most of my writing, and a great deal of reading and "important" thinking there. Maybe it is some far-flung wish to be a mermaid, but I wish I could do everything in water.
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From:djner
Date:January 5th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Glad you liked it so much. Yes, I think it's something about the warm water that helps me think better. Perhaps I should come up with some kind of study to figure out for sure what causes the creative juices to flow in the bathtub or shower.
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From:sircaliban
Date:January 7th, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
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The shower is a wonderful place to think. I think we all would do so much better if we never forget how lucky we are.
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From:unsilenceddream
Date:January 8th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
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Very insightful and well-written. You got my vote, for sure.
Take care, and I'm glad we were able to catch up the other day.

Edited at 2008-01-08 03:22 am (UTC)

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