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If everything is urgent

Sunset on Monday.

That thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you is usually what you need to find, and finding it is a matter of getting lost. The word ‘lost’ comes from the old Norse ‘los’ meaning the disbanding of an army…I worry now that people never disband their armies, never go beyond what they know.

Advertising, alarmist news, technology, incessant busyness, and the design of public and private life conspire to make it so. A recent article about the return of wildlife to suburbia described snow-covered yards in which the footprints of animals are abundant and those of children are entirely absent. Children seldom roam, even in the safest places… I wonder what will come of placing this generation under house arrest.

~ Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Nature paints such beautiful pictures.

I have an email address that I use for signing up for newsletters or registering on websites that I know will end in regularly being spammed.  It’s a good thing to have and although my regular email address still tends to get crowded (mostly with blog stuff since I like to follow blogs via email), at least it isn’t overwhelmed with offers for the latest workshop or e-course or sale.

Changing colors as the sunset evolved.

After last year’s election, I signed up for a variety of newsletters related to politics in some form.  The Women’s March was the first because it was the best way to get information on the where and when.  Then I got on board by donating to other causes that are important to me, from civil rights to environmental concerns.  I don’t have loads of money to donate, but figure every little bit helps.

Mirrored.

I don’t check that particular email address every day.  When I do check it, a lot of delete, delete, delete goes on.  One thing I noticed this morning as I was sorting through the special offers and “you have to see this!” subject lines is that everything seems to be urgent.  In fact, one subject line did note “This is urgent.”

Closer to the horizon.

Here’s the thing:  If everything is urgent, then nothing is urgent and it becomes difficult to prioritize.  It can be almost paralyzing.

Altered state.

The emails of a political nature that I receive are on par with sites such at 5 Calls.  It’s a great tool, but… today there are nine things to choose from under the question “What is important to you?”  Well, it’s ALL important.  That’s what makes the interesting times we are living in so frustrating.

Firing up before the end.

As I sit on the dock watching sunrises and sunsets, I find myself inwardly composing a manifesto of sorts, trying to draw some lines around what is truly important to me.  I don’t think in terms of my own life.  Rather, I contemplate the kind of world my grandchildren will be living in because this world is their inheritance.

Calming back into the pinks and purples.

I ponder the #MeToo movement, if it is a movement, and what that will mean for the girls when they grow up.  Will it mean anything at all if those high up are willing to offer their money and support to an alleged pedophile?  What does that say about the meaning of truth?  That truth has no meaning if the ends justify the means?  That it’s okay to back a pedophile because pushing through your agenda is more important than women and children?

By the way, I have considered telling my own #MeToo stories and have even started a post about it, but can’t bring myself to finish it.  Dawn over at Change is Hard courageously posted Tidal wave, and inspired me to at least want to share some of my stores (because yes, there is more than one story to tell).

Looking up for a moment.

I wonder about the sneaky changes going on behind the scenes of the big attempts at change (DACA, immigration, tax reform, health care) and the big distractions (tweets that ought to be ignored), those underhanded attempts to undermine various departments that will have repercussions for the future of education, science, the climate, diplomacy, net neutrality, free speech, voting rights, the separation of church and state, and probably more that didn’t come immediately to mind.

As darkness falls.

I’m reading Rebecca Solnit’s book of essays, “Men Explain Things to Me.”  In the essay titled “Woolf’s Darkness,” Ms. Solnit writes about how “we always act in the dark.  The effects of your actions may unfold in ways you cannot foresee or even imagine.  They may unfold long after your death.”  A little later, she goes on:

To me, the grounds for hope are simply that we don’t know what will happen next, and that the unlikely and the unimaginable transpire quite regularly.  And that the unofficial history of the world shows that dedicated individuals and popular movements can shape history and have, though how and when we might win and how long it takes is not predictable.

Ms. Solnit writes that both despair and optimism are forms of certainty, and that it is only in hope, in the dark, in “venturing unknowing into the unknown” that something new can happen.  Anything can happen.

Leaving the dock.

I started this post yesterday and didn’t have time to finish it.  That’s just as well because this morning Time magazine came out with the Person of the Year cover and story.  In case you haven’t seen it:

So, perhaps it is a movement after all.  I hope so.  It’s about time (no pun intended).

One more look back.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  We are under heavy cloud cover as I type this, but it’s expected to clear up.  It might be worth a walk out to the dock to check out the sunset.  Sunset is scheduled for 4:44 PM (it seems to be stuck at that time, doesn’t it?).  It’s going to be cold and windy.  Bundle up.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

A morning walk.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  461)  Taking things one step at a time, because that’s all you can do and multi-tasking is highly overrated.  462)  Hope.  463)  Morning walks and evening strolls.  464)  Inspiration from likely and unlikely places.  465)  The shapes and swirls and variety of grays in this morning’s clouds.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

18 thoughts on “If everything is urgent

  1. Good thoughts to ponder. It is hard to choose which cause gets our attention, esp. when all seem worthy, but one has to set limits. I believe this chaos is leading to a breakthrough, things go in cycles, so I have hope still.
    Beautiful sunset photos! I imagine going to the point must have a centering and calming effect. Witnessing the rhythms of nature does that for me.

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  2. Your sunrise/sunset photos delivered a feeling of freshness and relief that nature still shares its beauty and joy with us. Moments of regularity, normalcy, sanity. Few and far between these days. I hope the current movement does actually effect changes, but I am not certain we’re willing to really change – when women voted for tRump and will vote for Moore knowing what kind of men they are my confidence wanes.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. 🙂 I know what you mean. I find it hard to believe that people, especially women, are almost blinded by one issue (abortion) rather than opening up to the big picture. I often wonder if we women sat down and discussed these things with each other, would it change things? (If you’re wondering why I brought up abortion, it’s because the latest news seems to indicate that’s why many women in Alabama will vote for Moore and they keep calling Jones “the abortion candidate”.)

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      1. I did read about the woman a pregnant News commentator interviewed, who told the commentator Jones would kill her baby. Then there are those that will vote for him because we can’t have a liberal democrat. Sigh.

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        1. I saw that, too, Carol. I do wish people would think beyond “killing” when it comes to the idea that women should be able to make their own decisions about their bodies. I am not pro-abortion (as some would label me), but I am pro-choice. I am pro-choice because if you take away that right, what will follow?

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  3. Wonderful post Robin! I had not seen the Time cover and am most pleased to see who is on it! I strongly believe that good change will come from all this chaos. I think a lot of people in the first world were asleep in their comfortableness and this has jarred us all into some form of awakening. What is going on in the USA even informed our political outcomes in the recent election and there was a sense of urgency among the ‘awakened’ that has galvanised us into action.

    Also, I must share with you that as a previously silenced woman who has painfully worked through her issues and spoken her truth and gone on to work with a myriad of similarly damaged women I know the time has come to speak out, name names and stand tall and proud. “I overcame!’ has been my mantra for a long time and I am further empowered and strengthened every time another woman steps forward. We are legion and the world has abruptly changed for us all!

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    1. Thank you, Pauline. 🙂 I agree with you about the current climate waking people up. I hope that enough of us do so to make some lasting change.
      I’m working on telling my stories, and hope that what you say is true (that the world has changed). 😀

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  4. Great photos and thoughts. It amazes me how many people I know have harassment stories–like you multiple ones. I have them starting in college running over the course of 30 years into the early 2000s. I’m not sure I could create a meaningful narrative with them–something that tied together and meant something bigger. Or that, like you, I’d even want to.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. 🙂 I’m not sure I could create, as you put it, a meaningful narrative, either. Or that I want to. When I answer the question of whether or not I want to, then maybe I can cobble something together.

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      1. It’s funny, I never thought of it. I just coped and powered through–and now that I’m 60, I haven’t had the issue recently and hope not to again. But talking to people I know about it makes wee wonder about a book, not necessarily of stories, but of what those stories tell us about ourselves, our culture and the experience of being a woman out in the world.

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