Today was one of those dayshand when I spent a lot of time thinking. Contemplating …stuff. Life in general, family, friends, health, writing, lists of things I need to do. There’s no particular reason. It’s just something that I go through periodically.One moment I feel incredibly grateful; the next, I’m greedy for more. More time, more inspiration, more energy. I want to know more. I want to do more.

When I was younger, my dad used to call it my melancholy time. He knew what I was going through because he used to experience the same thing, except that his was punctuated by long periods of silence and brooding. Surprisingly, the poetry he wrote afterwards was often light and thoughtful rather than sad. I know it will pass. However, I’m not inspired to write right now, so I’m taking a fallback position and posting some quotes that resonate with me.

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. Donna Roberts

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. Seneca

Friendship: Get not your friends by base compliments but by giving them sensible tokens of your love. It is well worth while to learn how to win the heart of a man the right way. Force is no use to make or preserve a friend, who is an animal that is never caught nor tamed, but by kindness and pleasure. Excite them by your civilities and show them that you desire nothing more than their satisfaction; oblige with all your soul that friend who has made you a present of his own. Socrates

Vitality is like a bank account that we can use up by withdrawals but never increase by deposits…. The intelligent thing is to withdraw generously but never to squander. Hans Selye

One must live the way one thinks or end up thinking the way one has lived. Paul Bourget