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A way to prevent the straw from breaking the camel’s back

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:27 pm - April 3, 2012.
Filed under: LA Stories,Random Thoughts

I’ve been spending part of this most productive day puzzling over how I have gotten so much accomplished so far when so many little things have been going wrong.  Yesterday, I experienced the same sort of thing, waking before the alarm, bad to mediocre coffee, noise of yard work in the dwellings around me, etc. etc.  And yet yesterday, the little things accumulated in such a manner that I (felt I) couldn’t get anything done.  You’ll note that after my the pieces I posted before I headed to bed (three hours earlier here in California than GayPatriot blog time), I failed to post anything at all yesterday.

Today, however, the coffee was still bad (soon to retire that failed new coffee maker), but I got everything done I had needed to get done in the morning — and even managed to put up an unplanned post.

Perhaps, it was that I had cleaned off my desk before bed so had a much tidier work space when I sat down to work this morning — or that I had slept in a newly-made bed with clean sheets.  Or that when I woke before the alarm, I got out of bed — and got on with my day.

This afternoon, the opening verses of a Paul Simon song (on a theme entirely different from this post’s) come to mind, “The problem is all inside your head/She said to me“.  Sometimes the straw doesn’t break the camel’s back.  Perhaps that’s because something in his head tells him that he is strong enough to bear the weight.



  1. Starbucks

    Comment by rusty — April 3, 2012 @ 6:32 pm - April 3, 2012

  2. rusty, trying to figure out what your link has to do with my cheesy, feel-good, new-agey post (perhaps an exercise in writing, perhaps an attempt to glean wisdom from a personal experience).

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — April 3, 2012 @ 6:34 pm - April 3, 2012

  3. Delete the link BDB And just start your day with Good coffee


    Comment by rusty — April 3, 2012 @ 6:42 pm - April 3, 2012

  4. nah, it’s okay, rusty. But, as to the good coffee, you’ve got a point.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — April 3, 2012 @ 6:47 pm - April 3, 2012

  5. Dan,

    If you work from a clean desk, I admire you. If you can rise above a disappointing coffee start of the day, I applaud you. If you keep your attitude positioned on the positive side, you have got all that really matters going for you.

    Comment by heliotrope — April 3, 2012 @ 7:53 pm - April 3, 2012

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