Coziness – A good day 6

I am blessed today to:

  • have heat in frigid weather;

  • a casserole made yesterday that tasted even better today; 

  • a few books I’m interested in reading;

  • interesting work from my first individual client (yippee!);

  • electricity that is working, which means that the internet connection and television and music are working (so I am fully entertained);

  • a phone with caller ID helping to screen for  the unidentified (which usually means a telemarketer) – or talkative (a friend who I’ll call back when I need a break from peace and productivity);

  • secured free tickets to a movie taping (thank goodness I read those small paragraphs in the paper – sometimes you find out about good and free stuff);

  • a positive call from my daughter (love those);

  • a lovely conversation with my husband on work and politics.

This has been an overall good day with no drama!  I am cozy, toasty, and happy to be right here.

It’s great to have peace. A good part of my life was not peaceful – whether from the roaring of the Leos that my mother and stepfather were while I was growing up or the stings of my Scorpio first husband.  Once I grew up from childhood and got out of a bad first marriage, this Gemini has always nurtured peace and quiet.  I am quiet habitually because I am an avid reader.  I am quiet by choice because I can catch up to myself then – ideas form and are massaged in my brain until I’m ready to write them down in stories or cook them up for dinner or rearrange them in my rooms.  As much as I have had to talk in my public work – I most often use words economically in my personal space.

It’s great to be fully present where I am and not wishing to be someplace else or imagining that someplace else is better.  How much time did I waste doing that?

Each hour, each day, each year of our lives is a gift.  I wonder what gifts 2008 will bring?  I’m looking forward to great and good things, positive surprises, achievement of goals, etc.  I am trying to embrace a lesson I learned during my recent visit to my granddaughter – to smile with my whole being.  I am working to have faith that the things that need to work out in my life right now will be worked out.


About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

6 thoughts on “Coziness – A good day

  • A New Reader


    A friend of mine sent me the link to your blog and I have just finished reading all of your posts. We have met several times and I’ve enjoyed each encounter with you. Reading your blog enables me to learn more about you and your worldview. I appreciate the opportunity and I wish you much success in your writing endeavors.

    That said, in your post dated 10/16 you refer to other essays you have written and that if asked nicely you might post a bit of them. Three of them grabbed my interest. (“You Can’t Take Black Away from Me”, “I Hate Those Women,” and “The Right White Boy.”) In your next post (10/18) you attached the “Hate” essay. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I certainly didn’t expect to find myself being one of the hated women based on one of your paragraphs. I do realize that “it’s not all about me” and if we were to have this conversation in person, you may or may not have a different opinion as it relates specifically to me. Since you’ve informed me that nothing succeeds but a try, I guess I’ll just have to try to have a deeper discussion the next time we meet. Until then, I’m politely asking for you to consider including the other 2 of them in the future.

    Please feel free to not post this comment at all as it’s not specific to one entry, but rather the one avenue I had to contact you. Of course, you can always leave the first paragraph as the comment and take the rest just for you.

    A New Reader

    Dear New Reader,

    Thanks for reading all of the posts – wow – that’s something.  Whoever you are, I’m sure you have lots of other things you could be doing and so to devote a bit of time to reading my words is thoughtful.

    The Hate essay was written at a very specific moment in time and was written somewhat “tongue-in-cheek.”  There are people of great affluence who I truly love and respect.  They have but they still remain down-to-earth.  There are people who don’t have that I “hate” too.

    As for posting the other essays, I’ve been advised not to give too much away for free since I’m trying to get a book of essays published.
    I do hope you will identify yourself and that we can talk.  I am more comfortable sharing the essays with an individual than with the whole world at this point.

    All the best,


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