Sodaro's Stories

September 10, 2010

The strangest places

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:31 pm

“It does not look particularly ‘homeostatic’ when a business man follows his restless activities in spite of the ulcers he is developing” (von Bertalanffy, 1969, p. 193).
So who would have thought that I would get personal inspiration from a nugget in one of my resources for my doctorate, but then it has always been the strangest places where I have found the greatest pieces of wisdom. I have been reflective as of late, of my choice to step away from the security and benefits (and stress and workload) of my last job and concentrate on my passions — teaching, writing, and doctoring (poetic license called into play for the sake of parallelism). There are many who have called me brave for walking away from the known into the unknown, and some of them truly mean brave. Some of them, no doubt, look upon my choice as insanity…and in the truest definition of the word, they would be correct. For haven’t we learned that that word truly means to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results? So, yes, I could have stayed…and promised myself that this time, I would have more balance. That this time, I would be able to have both work and play…responsibility and down time and that my downtime would be productive and my doctorate and novels would get done. But I dislike lying to myself, which is not to say I don’t do it, but it leaves a foul taste in my mouth.
So here is to the shaking up of the status quo…here is to the great unknown…here is to embracing me as a writer…as a teacher…as a doctorate student. Here is to me…embracing all that is at the deepest core of me.
Mr. von Bertalanffy started this thought off, and he is also going to finish it…the alpha and omega of today’s post, if you will.
“Man is not a passive receiver of stimuli coming from an external world, but in a very concrete sense creates his universe” (p. 194). Here’s to my universe!!!
von Bertalanffy, L. (1969). General Systems Theory. NY: George Braziller, Inc.



  1. Here’s to your open road!

    Comment by Misty — September 22, 2010 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

    • I am so excited about this road. Thanks for always being there to help me get to this point!

      Comment by msodaro — September 22, 2010 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

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