The Literary and Arts Magazine of Lehman College

Motivating Distraction

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As the semester comes to an end, we scramble to complete our final assignments and study for our exams. Time seems to drag on as we hope for the days when our sleep patterns will return to normal. With one week left, the pressure seems infinite and our deadlines appear to be closing in on us. However, as we all know, appearances can be deceiving. As this is my last blog post of the semester, I’d like to dedicate it to all the Obscurians who can and will succeed. You got this!

 

In William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence,” the speaker states, “to see a world in a grain of sand / and a heaven in a wild flower / hold infinity in the palm of your hand / and eternity in an hour.” This poem reminds me of all the different thoughts I have when I sit to do my homework.  I begin to fantasize about the beauty of the natural world and it becomes a welcome distraction of escape from homework. William Blake, however, used his observations of the world and his thoughts as inspiration for the poem above. With a little motivation, we can persevere and use our distractions as inspiration while we strive to finish the last few pages of that essay, or try to think of more effective ways to study. The speaker continues by stating, “the questioner who sits so sly / shall never know how to reply / he who replies to words of doubt / doth put the light of knowledge out.” Do not doubt yourself. You are in the final moments of the semester and you can succeed.

 

William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence” reminds me to have faith in myself, and I hope that it will inspire all of you to have faith in yourselves. You have made it this far into the semester, and with just a few days left you have it in you to work hard, study hard, and successfully complete the Fall 2017 semester! Wishing you all the best of luck: until next time Obscurians!

 

~Arlinda Mulosmanaj

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