What am I going to do today?

Whiskey River featured this quote from Thomas Merton earlier in the week.

It is a bright afternoon: what am I going to do? I am going to work with my mind and with my pen, while the sky is clear and while the soft white clouds are small and sharply defined in it. I am not going to bury myself in books and note taking. I am not going to lose myself in this jungle and come out drunk and bewildered, feeling that bewilderment is a sign that I have done something. I am not going to write as one driven by compulsions but freely, because I am a writer, because for me to write is to think and to live and also in some degree even to pray.–Thomas Merton, from The Search for Solitude

Even though the sky here is gray and rainy and even though the work on my plate for the day includes cleaning, painting (walls), and editing of someone else's powerpoint presentation, I'm going to try to make at least one hour of my day follow the instruction Merton gave to himself in the paragraph above. Maybe the sun will come out.