Something You’re Reading, Seeing, Making
Joy Dare, January 5: Something You’re Reading, Seeing, Making
By Janet Villa
Manila — It’s 2014, but, oh man, I’m still living in 2013. Work backlog and deadlines have eaten up my days and holidays. With our Ate Vic still in the province for her family and no one to care for Anna as The Coach and work, we decided that he and Anna would stay at his mother’s for a week. A week!
“Will you miss me, Mom?” Anna asked before she left this afternoon. “You have my heart,” I told her.
So. Here I am. Exhausted. Lonely. And bereft of a heart. It’s challenging to think of something to be grateful for—which makes now a perfect time for a Joy Dare. Never mind that Joy Dare is so last year, and I’m probably the only one doing it this year.
1. Reading: A few days ago I started George R.R. Martin’s Book 1 of the “Song of Fire and Ice” series—five volumes of seven tomes and counting (let’s use the word “tome”; it makes the book sound weightier and scholarly). The adventure lops an hour or two off my sleep, but it’s been fun, and that is more than enough reason to continue reading.
2. Making: When I need a break from work and left-brain thinking, I pick up my crafts materials and continue with the 200 thank you cards I’m rushing for a good friend’s wedding this month. Working with my hands relaxes me, shifts my center, frees my mind, lightens my spirit. How apt that the word “craft”—from the Dutch “kracht” and Swedish “kraft”—means “strength.”
Some of my friends wonder at all the effort I make in handcrafting gifts. “How do you find the time?” they ask. How can I not?
3. Seeing: On my kitchen counter is a NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®, the coffee brewing system that won an award for its trim, silver, space-agey orbicular design.
“What’s that?” Anna asked.
“It’s a gift from Tita Tina,” I said.
“Is that a helmet?” she asked.
“It’s for making coffee,” I said.
“You need a helmet to make coffee?!?!?” she yelped.
(The daily Joy Dare by Ann Voskamp, author of “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are”: It’s habits that can imprison you, and it’s habits that can free you. But when thanks to God becomes a habit, so joy in God becomes your life.)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Janet Villa practiced Law for nine years before she received a fellowship to the Philippine National Writers’ Workshop and to the UP National Workshop. Her first published sotry “Undercurrents” won the NVM Grand Prize in 2003, and her sond “Closopen” won the NVM Grand Prize Special Prize in 2005. She is now finishing her MA in Creative Writing. Her biggest adventure is being best for husband Jojo and daughter Anna, while pursuing her passions in writing and teaching. Janet maintains CreW, the creating writing special interest group of Mensa Philippines after being the Mensa Philippines president in 1998.