Untethered Dog

A Commonplace By Tom Swift

Responsibility

Be subject to one another …

-Ephesians, 5:21

Autonomy

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.

-Johnny Cash

Truth

I can see we’re thinkin’ bout the same things
And I can see your expression when the phone rings
We both know there’s something happening here
Well, there’s no sense in dancing round the subject
A wound gets worse when it’s treated with neglect
Don’t turn around there’s nothing here to fear

You can talk to me
Talk to me
You can talk to me
You can set your secrets free, baby

Dusty words lying under carpets
Seldom heard well must you keep your secrets
Locked inside hidden safe from view
Well, is it all that hard
Is it all that tough
Well, I’ve shown you all my cards now isn’t that enough
You can hide your hurt
But, there’s something you can do

You can talk to me
Talk to me …. talk to me
I can set your secrets free, baby
La, la, la, la …

Though we lay face to face and cheek to cheek
Our voices stray from the common ground where they
Could meet
The walls run high, to veil a swelling tear
Oh, let the walls burn down, set your secrets free
You can break their bounds, cause you’re safe with me
You can lose your doubt, cause you’ll find no danger
Not here

You can talk to me
Talk to me
You can talk to me
You can set your secrets free, baby

Oh, I can see you running … I can see you running
I can see you running all the way back home
I can see your expression when the phone rings
And I can see that you’re thinkin’ bout the same things
Is it all that hard
Is it all that tough
Well, you’ve taken all there is now baby
Isn’t that enough
Well, I can see you runnin’ I can see you runnin’
All the way back

-Stevie Nicks, “Talk to Me,” Rock a Little (1985)

Openness

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wise people so full of doubts.

-Bertrand Russell

Spirituality

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

-Mike + Mechanics, “Silent Running,” Mike + Mechanics (1985)

Work

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

-Maya Angelou

Self Care

When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.

-Benjamin Franklin

Effort

Jimmy Dugan: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard … is … what makes it great.”

A League of Their Own (1992)

Courage

Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.

-George Saunders, The Braindead Megaphone (2007)

Attention