Life Is Full Of Possibilities

How sim­ple a thing is hap­pi­ness: a glass of wine, a roast chest­nut, a wretched lit­tle bra­zier, the sound of the sea. All that is required to feel that here and now is hap­pi­ness and a sim­ple, fru­gal heart.

—Zorba the Greek

I feel like writ­ing.

Saturdays are usu­al­ly reserved for relax­ation, but I mixed it with a few errands through­out the day. Bought extra auburn foliage for one of my pots, and a fun­nel to get fresh-ground pep­per into my new pep­per shak­er. Picked up my week­ly gro­ceries. Sat down at the piz­za par­lor to start Beautiful Losers while my Hawaiian was being baked.

I watched Zorba The Greek tonight, about the adven­tures of an aim­less Englishman who goes to Crete, and the lessons he learns from a man he meets named Zorba.

Thumbnail: Zorba the Greek dances

Thumbnail: The Crete widow from Zorba the Greek

Though gen­er­al­ly jovial and light­heart­ed, it was heavy and heavy at times. There’s a scene where a beau­ti­ful wid­ow (the love inter­est of the movie) is rit­u­al­is­ti­cal­ly stoned and killed out of jeal­ousy by the men of the vil­lage, sim­ply because she would­n’t let any of them have her. The direc­tion is a lit­tle incon­sis­tent, but Anthony Quinn’s por­tray­al of the Grecian spir­it keeps the movie in tact. Many believe the movie to be an analy­sis of Apollonian vs Dionysian thought, but I saw it as a nod to Taoism as well.

Zorba’s a Taoist, whether he knows it or not. He shuns intel­lec­tu­al thought and analy­sis, and loves life with bub­bling spon­tane­ity. In the end, the Englishman learns from Zorba, not about life, but how to live it.

And it inspired me. Not just the dia­logue or the play­ful­ness, but the loca­tions too. It made me want to trav­el, to see new places, to meet more peo­ple, and explore oth­er cul­tures.

One day. For now, I’ll enjoy the com­fort of my house.

So here I am, stay­ing up late with my back next to the open win­dow, eat­ing but­ter pecan tarts, drink­ing Dragon Well tea, and writ­ing as much as I can.

I think I’ll go prac­tice the form now.

Tomorrow, I have noth­ing to do but live.


  1. I am going to Netflix that movie now.

    I did­n’t feel like writ­ing at all this week­end. I felt like catch­ing up on sleep after cry­ing myself into a fit of pan­ic on Friday night.

    How does one dis­pel anx­i­ety about the love of one’s life leav­ing because one thinks he/she isn’t good enough? I need to get over that. and. fast.

  2. Oh. PS. No cider millery this week­end. It was­n’t cold enough.

  3. Sounds like a fab Saturday.

    (I’d heard the movie title but nev­er knew what it was about.)

  4. Which con­ti­nent do you have in mind to trav­el to?

  5. @maeko — Too bad about the cider. I’m deter­mined to go this week­end if it’s cold enough.

    @Pearl — I real­ly did­n’t explain the movie very much. It’s def­i­nite­ly a char­ac­ter study, which does­n’t rely as much on plot or sto­ry; a very nice change from the movies I see nowa­days.

    @Causalien — The only con­ti­nents I don’t real­ly care to see are South America and Africa. Japan, Edinburgh, Paris, then Rome are my top four cities to see (aside from Hong Kong, which is pri­or­i­ty while my grand­moth­er is still alive).

  6. Well, con­sid­er­ing I assumed it had some­thing to do with Xena, that was a step for­ward in knowl­edge. lol.

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