It has been gray and damp and chilly here and I don't have any new photos so I will have to dig up some old stuff. Maybe I'll pick some reminders that summer will come again. Anyway, feeling a BIT down about the recent elections and the weather and Gabrielle (who is an awesome writer and poet) sent me a couple of lovely emails to check on me and cheer me up. In her last one, she sent me this wonderful quote, which I thought was a good a reminder as a day could offer and also has the virtue of saving me the effort of writing something myself.
"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
Howard Zinn, “You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train”
Some things I'm grateful for today:
- chocolate soy silk
- Howard Zinn quotes
- my home
- heat and hot water
- abunant clean, good water to drink
- Netflix/ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Angel and Tara Grace
|Hopefully next Spring the bees will return. There were a few at|
the end of the summer, which gave me hope and I think there has
been some discoveries about what was causing the problem.
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!