Morning Pages

I’ve been keeping up with my morning pages for the course pretty well. Tuesday of last week, this is what I wrote.

First, though, they don’t always come out like this. This is the first one that really just flowed from the pen, continuously from the moment I started, and this may be the only one that is this coherent (this is supposed to be stream of consciousness writing, after all). I thought it was amusing enough to share, but don’t take it as a representative example; I’m sharing it because it isn’t.

So, here it is, from Tuesday, November 25, 2008:

Hello and welcome to my morning pages! Today we have several great guests on our show with us: Anger, Shame, and Truth. But before we get to that I want to share with you a touching story.

It’s about a man who lost his wife. One day he came home and she just wasn’t there, no matter how hard he tried to find her. Eventually he realized that he’d set her down on the table, and there she was! So it just goes to show that everything you’re searching for is always in the last place you look!

And with that we’ll bring out our first guest, Anger. How are you doing this morning?

Anger: Pissed off.

That’s great. So you’re getting a lot of air time lately. How does it feel being in the spotlight?

Anger: Well, I’m often only cast as a last resort; I work on almost every production, but very little of that work is in front of the camera, so I think people have a slightly distorted view of me. I’m also usually cast as the villain.

Do you feel like you get typecast? You do make a fairly good villain.

Anger: I definitely get typecast. I am very passionate about my job, and I think that sort of resonates in the villain role. That being said, I think there are others who can play villains equally well—Fear and Despair are two examples—but really I think I can play protagonist roles, too. I’d love to do that, to be given the chance to do that.

And I hope it works out for you. Thanks for taking the time to come out and be on the show.

Anger: Thanks for having me.

Our next guest is one you see in features now and then. Please give a warm welcome to: Shame!

Shame: Thanks. I can’t believe I’m on here. This is so stupid of me.

Not at all. So, how are you getting along?

Shame: Great, but I don’t deserve to be.

Do you feel like you get as many starring roles as you’d like?

Shame: I don’t get too many, but I shouldn’t take any. There are others more deserving. Plus I wish they’d leave me alone.

You don’t enjoy the spotlight?

Shame: Not at all. Not even a little bit. In fact, I feel bad being on this show right now.

Fascinating. So, there are rumors of something going on between you and Self-Pity. Care to comment? Is there any truth to it?

Shame: Oh, God. Yes, it’s true. We’ve done the most terrible things together.

Ooh, that’s exciting.

Shame: I’m not proud of it.

Thank you for coming out today.

Shame: I’m sorry I did.

Our next guest is one that many see as a great inspiration. A round of applause, please, for Truth.

Truth: Thanks for letting me be seen this morning.

It’s great to have you with us.

Truth: I’d just like to say up front that even though I’m not always easy to find, I’m always around.

Sort of like Waldo in those books.

Truth: Exactly.

Tell me, it seems that you appear differently for each person. Is that true?

Truth: Yes.

So don’t you sometimes contradict yourself?

Truth: Yes. But it doesn’t change who I am. Anyway, from a different point of view, all the contradictions are meaningless. The subject everyone should really seek me about, though, is the Self. That is where people should look for me, and accept no other, dissenting opinions.

Very enlightening. Thank you for your time. This has been another Morning Pages. Be sure to tune in tomorrow, for something completely different.

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