So, I’ve been back in L.A. now for about four years. Every year since I got here I’ve been hoping for the California poppies in Antelope Valley to do their thing. As in explode into a grand profusion of orange for as far as the eye can see. And every year the time comes – which is about now – and boo, no poppies, basically due to a lack of rain in this area. Well shiver me timbers. I just did my annual check-in and there might actually be blooms this year! Fingers crossed, fingers crossed, fingers crossed.
Also today, while working on some collages this morning, opened up to this randomly, by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus:
“For nothing is so productive of elevation of mind as to be able to examine methodically and truly every object which is presented to thee in life, and always to look at things so as to see at the same time what kind of universe this is, and what kind of use everything performs in it, and what value everything has with reference to the whole, and what with reference to man, who is citizen of the highest city, of which all other cities are like families; what each thing is, and of what it is composed, and how long it is the nature of this thing to endure which now makes an impression on me, and what virtue I have need of with respect to it, such as gentleness, manliness, truth, fidelity, simplicity, contentment, and the rest. Wherefore, on every occasion a man should say: This comes from god; and this is according to the apportionment and spinning of the thread of destiny, and such-like coincidence and chance…
“12. If thou workest at that which is before thee, following right reason seriously, vigorously, calmly, without allowing anything else to distract thee, but keeping they divine part pure, as if thou shouldst be bound to give it back immediately; if thou holdest to this, expecting nothing, fearing nothing, but satisfied with thy present activity according to nature, and with heroic truth in every word and sound which thou utterest, thou wilt live happy. And there is no man who is able to prevent this.”