Live by the foma that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.
–Kurt Vonnegut, Jr / Cat’s Cradle
Foma means harmless untruths. I based a short story on the above quote from a most beloved author and book. I read Cat’s Cradle when I lived in New York City and worked in Dag Hammerskjold, the gardens of which Kurt often haunted. Kismet?
This photo was taken in the late 1980’s from the UN Plaza. The skyline has probably changed some since then.
All these years later, ice nine and Bokononism remain in my thoughts, making me think and contemplate.
Maybe it was kismet. Maybe not. I choose to believe it was. I choose to believe that standing behind him at the newsstand one day was a sign. It doesn’t matter whether it was or wasn’t. It only matters what I take to heart.
We can look for signs that make us hacks and make us give up, or we can see only the signs that keep us going.
If you search, I’m certain you’ll find both. It’s up to you how you read the signs and what you do with them.
I’m not only tenacious, I’m driven and ambitious. Have you noticed? Whenever I have combined those traits with passion in my life, I’ve ended up succeeding.
I’m pretty certain it’s because of the foma I fixate on. Whether true or not, it’s what each of us believes in our souls that matters.
There has been a decided shift in my insecurities since beginning to publish. It became more obvious to me recently. Although I will still moan on sucky sales days, I no longer think it’s the end of my career. I no longer think I suck. Under all the muck has always been the core belief: Things will happen in their time, but they will happen. As the months go by, that foma grows louder and firmer. I hear the other noise less and less.
There’s a philosophy that says nothing in the universe is random. If you haven’t yet seen the indie movie, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, I highly recommend it.
I think it has a lot to do with foma. What we believe, we make come true. Why? I think it’s because we dismiss things that don’t fit.
Believe in the foma that keep you moving forward.
IWSG meets the first Wednesday of the month. Authors galaxy wide meet to offer wisdom and support. Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, it’s not too late to join.
Besides slightly obsessed with Jane Austen, I’m very obsessed with Sumer and Ancient Mesopotamia. I’d love to visit Iraq and see what remains of the ancient ziggurats and cities. Barring conditions that would allow such a journey, I could spend several weeks in museums. I’d probably pick NYC for museums. I wouldn’t mind visiting the Kek telescope in Hawaii either. Hmm, that’s a lot of destinations. So I might as well go with one more, a ride on the plane that goes into space.
What’s your dream destination? Visit either Lexa Cain or Julie Flanders December 5th-8th to enter the rafflecopter. They’re giving away lots of prizes and are the hosts of this awesome bloghop.