Gratitude Sunday: Re-use, Recycle, Re-purpose, Resist: 2020

Gratitude * Sunday

Quote of the Week
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie

Sunday Haiku
Low light, cool soft mist
diffuses vision, winter
chiaroscuro.

Sunday Musings
I hope you all had a lovely holiday. Mine was wonderful and included people I get to see only once a year. It’s an odd perception, but in the metro area it seems like most of us live at least an hour away from each other, so as I age when a visit is planned it includes planning for more time traveling. When one doesn’t drive at night, one finds an over-nighter to be a comfort relieving answer.

We had so many “lasts” this year. Christmas Day was the last new moon of the year and the last of the decade. This is the last weekend of the month, the last of the year, the last of the decade. December was the last month of the year and the last month of the decade. 2019 was the last year of the 20-teens decade. All those moon cycles and solar eclipses, sunrises and sunsets come and gone.

The last day of the month is a few days away. That day is the last day of the year and the last day of the decade. The next day we burst through to 2020. A new day. A new year. A new decade. The Twenties.

Will these new years be as rebellious as the 1920s? The “Roaring Twenties”? Will this be a decade of great change and progress? Dare I say, upheaval and rebellion? I prefer not; I prefer to think intelligent, sensible, civil people should be able to transition progressively in a peaceful manner. Maybe I’m an idealist; I don’t think violence should have to prevail when we are merely trying to make things better for all, including the least of us. My idealist self forgets the politics of greed.

As much as I love history and honoring history, the best way to go through time is with progress, which indicates change. We must preserve the best of the old ways and look for improvements as well. Change, in my mind, should be focused on helping the most amount of people possible because we are all connected. Greed is silly, even stupid, when there is more than enough for some to have a bit more and the rest of us to have enough. I’d be happy with enough. I could be even more happy with a bit more. Maybe, as I’ve never experienced either I don’t know.

So, no whining. Change and progress can be good. If it goes awry or doesn’t turn out as planned it can be changed. As I’ve said for the last couple years, I feel big changes coming. Maybe the 2020s will have its own roar.

I hope we are looking at major change for 2020. The current American administration is so out of touch with the American people, especially our younger people, I hope we are going to have a multi-colored youth wave, much like the blue wave of 2018. Don’t blame us older folks who have been working toward a better world for 50 years on the world we leave you. The wealthy and the corporations finagled choices away from us and the few advances we made are once again being reversed in the corrupt name of greed. We need to re-use old ideas, recycle old ways, re-purpose old things that aren’t working, and we need to work together to resist the death of the middle class and keep the earth alive. There are more people living in poverty than there are wealthy folks; we have to communicate and work together. It’s not going to be easy.

Our youth must realize the power of their numbers. We no longer need grandfathers who think they know best taking advantage of the least of us. We need strong, progressive, inclusive ideas and programs to strengthen our workforce and infrastructure. If it takes a bit more government for a while to get it done so be it. We have the power to change it if we don’t like it.

I hope we are also seeing and welcoming the strength of women. I see changes in how our youth run their homes and households, on a more gender free, everybody contributes basis. I see women of all ages stepping up to run for office, to be a part of the machinery that helps our country work alongside the global world. I see women, tired of doing it all, standing up and saying “What the hell, I already do it all. And if I’m going to do it all I want a say.”

Women represent more than 50 percent of the American populace. If we were able to talk with each other we could coordinate and win leadership positions. We could finally make the Equal Rights Amendment approved by more than two-thirds of the United States because, jiminy cricket, we can’t function the world without women. It’s time for men to learn to share properly. Obvs. If we had a pink wave and women stood up for families, and health, and education, we could win those battles too.

At one time or another in our lifetimes most of us will experience being disabled in one way or another, even if just temporarily. Disabled people are nearly 13 percent of the populace in America; a white (for healing) wave would go a long way in changing the tide of thinking toward health care, and helping others.

2020 will be an important year in our history. It’s a leap year; we get an extra day! Summer Olympics will be happening in Japan late July and early August; I love the Olympics; swimming, archery, beach volleyball, dressage! I am the best armchair spectator, and I can totally hold down the couch watching. In America on November 3 we will have a presidential election, probably the most important of my lifetime.

I feel lucky to say I was alive when Janis Joplin was, and Maya Angelou, and John Lennon, and David Bowie, and Mother Teresa, and Gandhi, and to experience the presidencies of John F Kennedy and Barack Obama. I don’t feel so lucky during the trump administration, and it will without doubt be an interesting year as I resist his influence and policy. As Maya Angelou said, “Nothing works unless you do.” If one wants truth, justice, morality, and ethics to prevail, no matter what administration or regime one lives under one must work to make it so. We have our work cut out for us. It might not be easy, but it will be worth it. We do not pray for easy; we pray for strength.

Happy New Year. Happy New Decade. I intend to re-use, recycle, re-purpose, and resist. I resolve to stand for right and justice, for ethics and morals. I pray for strength. Here’s to 2020.

Color Watch – colorful attractions in my neighborhoods this week – Looking for green in all the right places. Sunlight too. Thistle glistens. Green leaves reaching to the sun. Green sunlight. Sunlight peeks through naked branches. Fluffy beige dying cattails are pretty too. My favorite bronze dragon leaf, flying high above the red lava berries and deadly prickles.

Current View – {These are only my opinions about movies and books, but don’t let me stop you from trying these reviewed items yourself; your opinion may differ.} Watched a few classics: White Christmas (1954, not rated), with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Ellen. I watched with my sister, and my brother-in-law was grateful he didn’t have to. The next night we watched Christmas with the Kranks (2004, rated PG) with Jamie Lee Curtis and Tim Allen, and Elf (2003, rated PG) with Will Farrell. I watched The Christmas Chronicles (2018, rated PG – 13) one last time for the season on Christmas Eve, and once again enjoyed every minute. * Doctor Foster (2015, rated TV – MA), series in which a woman begins to suspect her husband is cheating on her and it looks like most of the town was covering for him. * Merry Happy Whatever (2019, rated TV – PG), TV series, with Dennis Quaid, of a family getting together for ten days around Christmas.

Currently Reading – Sometimes one has to be brutally honest with oneself. I decided to delay my plan to study Colette for my Winter Classic reading. I got my big toe wet and it is much too intense for my brain space right now. It might be on the syllabus for next year, and that’s fine. Detours are the story of my life; Colette’s work will still be there when I am ready. I am challenged to understand why I feel so overwhelmingly busy since I am semi-retired, but those five minute work windows pile up, and I am so easily distracted by the news cycle and fear for the state of our country I can barely keep a straight thought in my head. I’ve always been aware of politics, but in a residual sort of way. I’ve never been frightened by the governing of men before, and the corruption and greed I see brings out the warrior queen in me. My new path is not planned yet, but I will be replacing Colette with works of resistance, history, and social organizations. If we have to pay taxes at least we can define how we can help the most people with our tax money. As a woman who created a new pathway for women I hope she would approve. My challenge: I can only read one non-fiction and one fiction at a time. If I read two fictions at the same time I get them mixed up. If I read two non-fictions at the same time, unless they are extremely different disciplines, I get the information mixed up. This “bleed-through” has happened progressively as I’ve gotten older, so I’ve learned to work with it. I take a little more time now to read than I did before, but it doesn’t matter. My brain is wired to never stop learning (I’m nosy/curious!), at least so far. Things can change in the blink of an eye and change is the only constant. * That said, I’m still reading Blowout (2019, non-fiction world politics and the oil industry) by Rachel Maddow. Poor people are so naive about the nefarious deeds the wealthy are guilty of in the name of profit, and the oil/gas industry is pretty much unregulated in the sense they do whatever they want to do create revenue. With impunity.

This week I have been grateful for:

  • The four five minute windows it took to clean the grease and stains from the wall behind the stove.
  • Getting some pictures cleaned and re-hung.
  • Living in a neighborhood where the children still play outside. What joyful noise!
  • Every day when I wake up.
  • Every night having a safe warm dry bed to sleep in.
  • Sister gifting me a new set of sheets, and oh so clever, the top and bottom are marked so less fussing the sheet around to the right place.
  • How clever “Santa” was this year, finding three pairs of glass, silver, and cloisonné earrings in my colors at a local thrift store for my stocking.
  • Finally finding a method to keep my ears from reacting to earring metals: I use alcohol on front and back of my ear lobes, then the post and back, or the loop. Then I run the post or loop through some almond oil. I have good luck with them sliding right in (I have crooked holes thanks to home piercing as a teenager) and no reaction to the metal.
  • The son coming home Christmas Eve night and spending the night with us.
  • A gift card that enabled me to justify the purchase of a couple office items I needed to have on hand.
  • Creating my own personal (I’m hiding it) tool box, so I don’t have to ask hubster for tools; adding a couple new tools with that same gift card.
  • A semi-graceful recovery from mis-labeling a Christmas gift.
  • Tackling the walls and cupboards in the kitchen, which haven’t been touched in years. Not ready to paint, but at least wiping them down. When I asked for help doing the higher parts of the wall, hubster offered me an appropriate step ladder.
  • A neighbor who said her bulbs are sprouting already and she will be planting peas soon.
  • All the Christmas treats and goodies I brought home from the family weekend. Three quarters of the food loot went into the freezer for later – spreads out the Christmas cheer.
  • Craving Oregon strawberries.
  • Water.
  • Hoping you have a lovely week.

    Namaste. Peace. Blessings.

    Floral ribbon border by Laurel Burch

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1 Response to Gratitude Sunday: Re-use, Recycle, Re-purpose, Resist: 2020

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