Although I am a writer by temperament … meaning I’m always either writing something, or wanting to write something (or 5 or 10 or 20 things; yeah…)
& although I’m still scribbling odds & ends pretty regularly, I’m posting very little, ‘cos most of what’s going on
(for me & perhaps many others?)
is a little on the dark & dismal side …you know??
The state of things on our (still-lovely, now so-badly-damaged) planet is … well ...
Pretty bloody sobering.
(Since I drafted this, Hurricane Florence happened. & other sundry scary climate stuff in various places. & a few days ago, tornadoes did major devastation outside Ottawa. Climate impacts are … well, damn sobering. Hmmmm. Did I already mention sobering??)
Climate change on steroids (whether or not you “believe in” it, or its being human-caused)
Right-wing bozo politicians (some of them as dumb as a bag of hammers, or hell, dumber) running amok at home & abroad &, well, everywhere, seemingly
Human lies & corruption & nonsense running at a fever pitch, pretty much, everywhere we turn – seemingly, also.
Geez … eh??
What can I possibly say that doesn’t just add to the cacophony??
I personally have been writing about & acting to try & change the world for decades (in my earliest days of activism, to “save the planet” – though that lofty, unattainable goal bit the dust quite some years back now)
** & I’m not saying I regret any of these efforts, btw.
A person has gotta do what she’s gotta do … right?
It’s just that, at this stage of the game, I’m unable to remain super-passionate about all the things I used to feel so very-very passionate about.
Truth? I think our species is on its last legs.
What a funny expression! We are not centipedes, we humans, after all. & thank goddess for that!
I have almost daily encounters with these ugly brutes (for some reason they appear to be thriving in the apartment building we share with one another), & they are UGGGGGGH-ly. Well, to me, anyway.
Although come to think of it, they have NOT been responsible for over-running a perfectly beautiful & abundant planet, & trashing it to smithereens – so, there is that… 🙂
Well. I do kind of go around in circles when I try to figure out what to do (& write) in these so-challenging times.
& I always seem to come back around to this:
The times are insane.
People (many people) seem increasingly insane, off-kilter, angry, obnoxious (admittedly, I must count myself in this; I am no saint, after all; merely human, like all of us). I am breathing the same air, subject to the very same palpable, visceral ramping insanity, & like all of us, have both my good & bad moments, of course…
So, that being the case
I must just do my best to be a friendly, helpful presence as I make my way about in the world.
Continue to do things I believe are meaningful & worthwhile (& that seem to make sense).
& also, try to lighten up on others (& myself) as much as possible.
goals, I think
in these challenging, challenging, oh-so-challenging times.
p.s. & keep on making batches of soup. Ahhhh, soup…. Just made a double batch. 🙂 🙂 My best recipes are in the Collections posting!!
p.p.s. & yes, remain ever-grateful for … well … so very many things!
Gratitude is STILL magical!
p.p.p.s. & also, grief is real. These are pretty grief-y times, after all. There are quite a few postings about grief in the Collections posting.
Quote for today:
Hmmmm, well, how’s about this one? It’s an old favourite:
“I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” ~ Robert Fulghum