Day 6: 6 items given away, 385 items remaining
5 x stamped origami pieces
1 x hand written system card
While packing yesterday morning I stumbled across some old origami I’d done while staying out at Commonground over Christmas/New Year 2012…
On getting back to Melbourne I entered a fiercely busy work period. So I kept the letters spelling ‘happy’ on the wall next to my work desk with the following five self care principles written on post-it notes next to each letter:
H: ‘Stop hunting woolly mammoths and pick berries (meditate) 10 minutes a day’
A: ‘Eat really well (Feb Feast)’
P: ‘Get incidental exercise every day (cycling, swimming, walking…dancing like a wet noodle)’
P: ‘Celebrate the blessings & unexpected gifts each day (#winning!)’
Y: ‘Talk to that cranky looking, one-legged old guy in your hood (don’t be scared, you can run faster than him)’
Can’t say I kept to all of them 100% (e.g. just couldn’t work up the courage to chat to the old guy). But they definitely helped with staying centred in the maelstrom of coordinating a hectic Festival Tour program.
While going through the notes, I reflected on what I’d really miss about leaving this part of East Brunswick. Apart from my flat, the superb no. 96 tram service, the ‘music bells’ at the catholic primary school next door, Neighbour Dad (story for another time) and regular ‘Red, Roo & Reviews’ at the Sporting Club, I was mostly going to miss my daily chats with the friendly folk at Pope Joan – my local coffee haunt.
So under the cover of darkness, and in the spirit of farewelling and appreciating, I left a little ‘guerrilla happiness’ on their outside wall. I figured the staff there would understand. Which they did…