The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

Every career field seems to have its own nomenclature. When I was getting my degree in Dental Laboratory Technology and Management, I had to learn a whole host of new words and phrases. My all-time favorite was “Freeway Space.” Freeway space is that gap between your upper and lower teeth that naturally occurs when your …

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Time Passes

The View from a Drawbridge

Here’s why I could never commit suicide: I know, for better or for worse, that I am not stuck in this present moment. Things will get better. Yeah, they might also get worse. But the point is, it’s all unbelievably temporary. Change is inevitable. The reason I’ve been able to endure all this home buying …

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Continuity

The View from a Drawbridge

I read something recently that I found very comforting. The same sunrise/sunset has been circling the globe for millions of years. Mind officially blown. I love the idea that my sunset is someone else’s sunrise. It gives me a sense of connection with the wider world. It links me to all of time, past, present …

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I’m on the brink of amazing change, and it all stemmed from a giraffe. You just never know when a figurative cue ball will send your eight ball careening off in an entirely different direction. That’s what makes life so exciting. I have been watching April the Giraffe’s live feed on Youtube since February. I …

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I can’t remember where I read about this concept, but it appeals to me greatly. Just be. Live in the now. Don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. Pure bliss. It’s not as easy as it looks, though. For example, I’m in the midst of planning my vacations for the year. Obviously, …

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Awkward

The View from a Drawbridge

It’s really strange when a spotlight gets shined on a portion of your past and everyone assumes that what was true then is true now. Are you the same person you were 30 years ago, or even 7 years ago? I’m here to tell you that I am not. Ever since my 2009 StoryCorps interview …

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According to Psychology Today, “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” I have to admit …

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Sometime in the next few days I’ll be taking a ferry from Seattle out to Port Townsend, and I’m so excited. I’ve been itching to explore the surrounding area for quite some time, and Port Townsend is said to be an artsy little Victorian seaport. One of my coworkers even says there’s a beach near …

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There is no bigger waste of time and emotion than agonizing about what may or may not happen in the future. It’s pointless, because the anxiety won’t change anything at all about it. All it will do is make the present a lot less pleasant. Don’t get me wrong. One should most definitely look toward …

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