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Wednesday wander: In a world

Sunrise this morning.

Within sorrow is grace.  When we come close to those things that break us down, we touch those things that also break us open.  And in that breaking open, we uncover our true nature.

~ Wayne Muller

Morning clouds. (Have you noticed there are fewer contrails in the sky?)

Short programming note:  I’m having difficulty with Likes and leaving comments (and can’t even open that little bell with the red dot beside it in the upper right hand corner).  I’ve done all the things WP said to do, but it didn’t help.  Will try it all again soon.  In the meantime, just wanted to let you know that I’ve been stopping by here and there.  WordPress isn’t always cooperating with me to let you know.  I’m not sure why I can comment at times, and not be able to at other times.  I’ll get it figured out eventually.

Today is our official day 1 of #stayhome.  It’s not truly official, of course.  There are no proclamations (although there has been advice from the CDC, and recommendations and closings made at the state and local levels).  We probably all have our own count.  In our case, it’s a day 1 because M went to the hardware store last Friday and then went to work on Monday and then back to work on Tuesday after visiting the grocery store on his way in.  I’ve been home since the colonoscopy last Wednesday, but as long as M was going out and about, I didn’t count it.  Hopefully we’ll get through the next two weeks without signs of illness.  I hope that is true for you and your family, too.

Saturday’s sunrise, with contrails.

These are strange times, as pretty much everyone has noted.  There were a lot of empty shelves at the grocery store.  The cashier told M that they might start rationing soon.  The reason is not the lack of delivery of goods.  A truck arrives every day, and the workers at the store (people we are greatly dependent upon and I am deeply thankful for) restock the shelves every night.  People who are either fearful or greedy, or some combination of the two, come in and empty the shelves.  Not different people, but the same people, day after day.  That is probably why, as of this writing, my grandsons will be switching to oat milk.  There has been no cow’s milk available at the stores where they live, and their parents are resorting to oat milk because that was the only milk available.  Not even dry milk could be found.  Others I know have been on a quest to find toilet paper because… why?  I don’t know.

Looking in another direction.

It makes me want to ask the question:  What is wrong with people?  I grew up hearing about what a great nation the U.S. is, about how we all come together in a time of crisis.  I mostly believe in the second part of that last sentence.  There are so many people out there helping, doing things to reach out to others so that we are not social distancing, but physical distancing (I think the distinction between the two is important).  There are free offerings galore via the internet.  Art, books, concerts, classes, meditations, yoga.  It’s amazing and awesome and all the good things.

Morning light.

It’s all too easy to focus on the negative, especially when the negative means there are people who have to go without because others don’t have the decency to take only what they need.  Our human brains are hardwired to have a greater sensitivity to negative news.  That’s one reason misinformation spreads so quickly.  It provokes a strong response, and that strong response causes people to click and pass it on.  It’s called a negativity bias.  What that means is we are more likely to respond to or be more influenced by negative news.  (We do this, too, when we fixate on our mistakes, recall negative events in our lives, or focus on something someone said to us that sounded distinctly like an insult.)

Morning messages from the sky and trees.

The good news is that being aware of the negativity bias can help us to overcome it.  You do that by focusing more on the positive.  There are many positives hidden within this situation.  All you have to do is seek them out, if you can.  I know it can be hard and crazy.  I feel the fear, too.  That’s what sends me outside to walk in the woods or sit by the water.  We can still do those things.  Just as we can still reach out to each other in a myriad of ways, support each other (and our local businesses) in a myriad of ways, and find ways to do the things we put off doing because there wasn’t time to do them.  Now, there is time.

A path of petals in the crook of a tree. (From the archives, 2012)

Piglet’s Song

Let’s find a Way today,
that can take us to tomorrow.
We’ll follow that Way,
A Way like flowing water.

Let’s leave behind,
the things that do not matter.
And we’ll turn our lives,
to a more important chapter.

Let’s take the time and try to find,
what real life has to offer.
And maybe then we’ll find again,
what we had long forgotten.
Like a friend, true ’til the end,
it will help us onward.

The sun is high, the road is wide,
and it starts where we are standing.
No one knows how far it goes,
for the road is never-ending.

It goes away,
beyond what we have thought of.
It flows away,
Away like flowing water.

~ Benjamin Hoff

A morning moon.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I was going to add that I plan to be posting more often but we all know how that goes.  Today I feel like I want to post every day, just as a way of connecting with others.  I imagine that will be the case for a while, this wanting to connect.  I also imagine it’s something many of us are feeling.  My family is Far Away at the moment, or at least far enough away that I cannot be with them right now.  We are in touch, of course, but that isn’t quite the same as being there.

We can still meet at the Point for sunset, if you’d like.  We’ll just have to stand far apart.  There is plenty of beach out there for us to do so.  Sunset is scheduled for 7:14 PM.  I’m not sure we’ll see much other than clouds, but it’s beautiful out there, no matter the weather.  There is something healing about being by the water.  It’s cool today, in the 50’s, so you’ll definitely need a coat or a warm jacket.

Be good, be kind, be love, and stay safe and well.  ♥

Yesterday’s sunset from the dock.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,261)  All the ways people are finding to come together (in ways that are safe, of course).  1,262)  The generosity of many of our fellow humans.  1,263)  Having enough.  Not everyone does.  1,264)  The first mow of the season.  While I am not particularly fond of mowing, it’s another indication that life goes on.  1,265)  Spring, doing it’s thing, as it always does.

The daffodils are blooming (and some are almost finished for the season).

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and 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.

40 thoughts on “Wednesday wander: In a world

  1. Today is my first day in over a month, being able to access posts to like and comment and even my own blog was closed to me unless I went in through my reader…. The problem was miraculously solved when, for another reason altogether, I went into my laptops settings and deleted my browsing history and cookies. Voila!! Worth a try ❤

    And your post is beautifully said Robin. Thank you for your words and stay safe xo

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  2. Interesting solution Pauline had. I can’t like on all posts but can comment, though I often have to sign in again. I can always like in the Reader stream, so often comment, then go back and like before going to the next blog. Yours I can like while in the blog. As for being outside, yes, it’s a tonic, and staying in touch–telephone, email, blog, Skype, you name it. Keep it up!

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    1. Still having some trouble here, Lisa. I’m going to try Pauline suggestion. Isn’t it amazing how many ways there are to stay in touch now? We’ve been using Zoom and Marco Polo to keep in touch with our grandchildren. It’s not as good as being able to hug them, but it’s something. 🙂

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  3. Right on about the way our brains are wired regarding negativity. Meanwhile, actions at the grocery store are nuts. Way should anyone want to horde for themselves over the common good of all. At the store on Saturday I noticed very low quantities of meat … so I returned Sunday morning. Oh yes … 7:30 AM felt like 2 PM! Had to laugh at the lady with a full cart – with 4 bags of Dorittos laying on the top. (And the snack aisle is one of the better stocked ones). BTW – I bought one package of 4 different refrigerated products.

    Oh well … hunkering down in Cincinnati – and all is well. Hang in there.

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    1. It’s really good to hear from you, Frank. I’m so glad all is well. I’ve heard from a lot of people that the snack aisles stay pretty well stocked. I wonder why that is? I have this urge to eat all the junk food. lol!! Not that I can. I didn’t stock up on it (because it’s not something I usually buy).

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  4. I don’t understand the hoarding, but there are many things I don’t understand anymore. I went to town early last week and have a vet appointment for Shasta Friday, so I’ll pick up a few grocery items – no paper products – and some drugstore items. Then home again.

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    1. I hear ya, Carol. There are many things I don’t understand, either. I have a theory about who is doing the hoarding (and have a little proof in that regard, but will refrain from calling them out… but will hint that it’s the same people who suddenly felt the need to stock up on guns). Be safe, be well. 🙂

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  5. Your poignant words strike a chord, Robin…the past six days have been fraught with trying to buy our regular grocery items, every store/drugstore we enter has bare shelves, long line-ups and panic shopping! Today I tried one store for a bag of organic carrots and was stunned by the empty produce containers, I managed to find them at my next stop…I ran into my dear neighbour Huguette and she looked lost, we felt like having a little cry but “stayed calm and carried on”, I hope this madness ends soon and that we all stay safe.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. I have the same hope, that it ends soon. I know it’s going to take a while for the virus to play out. I’m hoping that basic human decency will end the hoarding, at the very least. 🙂

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  6. Monday I went to the store after staying away all weekend on purpose. I went in early, 7 a.m. and though there were empty shelves, lots of empty shelves I managed to patch together several days of meals. Not always what we usually eat, but something. Today I went for lettuce and soap. No produce available whatsoever. Well, one bag of salad. I took that. And the soap? Two containers of soft soap, got one of those. Definitely worse today than Monday morning. I don’t understand. I thought that this week the rest of us would be able to find something, that those that had grabbed everything over the weekend would stay home.

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    1. I don’t know about your area, Dawn, but according to folks here, it’s the same people doing the buying and hoarding day after day. I don’t know if they’re hoping to make a big profit off of it or if they’re just worried the food supply will run out. Either way, I hope they stop it. Soon. And if they don’t, I hope the stores make good on their promise to start rationing food. I read in the news that Aldis is already doing that (no more than 4 of each item, or something like that).

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  7. I’m having trouble with the like buttons, too. Nice to know it isn’t just me. We’re finding comfort walking down at the beach, too. And discovered we enjoy doing puzzles together. That might never have happened without the self-quarantine.

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    1. I was so glad to read that others are having trouble with WP, too, Barbara. It made me feel a little less left out. 😀 M and I were just talking about playing some board games. So many of the games we have are made for four or more people but we do have backgammon and Bananagrams. 🙂

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  8. Lovely post, and beautiful photos (as usual 😊 ). You have a beautiful setting to be “quarantined” in, and lots of outside space of your own in which to wander. My husband did go out to the store yesterday to get a few things. He was there around 8 AM, and he said it wasn’t too bad, though there were some bare shelves–paper goods and bread. He doesn’t think to look beyond what’s on the list though–and forget to get foil. He teaches part-time at a community college, so he’ll be teaching online now.

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    1. Thank you so much, Merril. 🙂 Yes, we do have a beautiful space to be in right now. We’re very isolated, too, although I’m not sure how I feel about that at the moment. I hear there has been a run on hot dog buns. I wonder if that means people are eating a lot of hot dogs?

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      1. Wow–that’s an odd thing to have a run on. I guess hot dogs keep a long time with all the preservatives, and you can cook them easily? Personally, even when I ate meat, I didn’t really like them. 😏 I guess they’re cheap, too?

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  9. I was having WP problems like yours last week. Now all seems to be fine. fingers crossed

    I agree wholeheartedly with: And in that breaking open, we uncover our true nature. I’ve been thinking something along that line but hadn’t found the words to express it so elegantly. Where we are I’ve encountered more kindness than hate, so I take that as a good sign. I do feel sorry for the extroverts among us who’ll find this forced aloneness more of a burden than I will, being an introvert. Stay safe, be well.

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  10. thanks Robin for all this wonderful light and the upbeat words – [sorry to hear about the health issue there – not pleasant and I hope all clear]
    – aside from helpful free info the internet is also full of funny things so humour is coming to the fore 🙂
    p.s. I am going to post a photo for every day of isolation starting today (though I do get out for walks and much needed fresh air)
    p.p.s. are you using the WP app to comment/like etc because I find it erroneeous and so I use the web browser only (app keeps signing me out after I sign in!)
    p.p.p.s. since hoarders do not seem to be able to control themselves or think of others, we need rationing in our shops – just beginning here

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    1. Thank you, Laura. 🙂 Humor has been helping me through, too. Looking forward to following your isolation project. (I know I’m behind, but trying to get caught up.)
      I am not using the WP app. I’m still unable to Like posts, but I’m beginning to think that’s not such a terrible thing. I have to leave a comment instead. Sometimes it’s just an emoji, but it’s something. 🙂

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    1. I mean I went to a meeting a week ago Thursday. Even then I sat on my hands and kept away from people. For me, solitude is not hard. I will get lots of writing done. I grieve for others, those on the front lines, who have to deal with uncooperative people.

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      1. Hi, Jane. 🙂 Usually I don’t find solitude hard, either. I normally spend most of my weekdays alone. I think it’s the “enforced” nature of it that causes me to be somewhat rebellious.
        I grieve for those on the front lines, too. They have so much to deal with, including a lack of personal protection (masks, etc.) here in the U.S.

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