Fandango’s Provocative Question #147

What’s happening in your world? We’ve covered all the bad stuff. What’s still keeping you going? What’s the good part? Or, to put it another way, what’s the best thing you’ve got going on in your life at the moment?

I’m actually looking forward to the holidays. We’ve managed to keep them simple and intimate. We are not giving big gifts and knowing we won’t wind up broke takes a lot of the stress out of Christmas. No stress? Christmas becomes much more fun without major plans and heavy financial pressure.

I’m pleased we got a lot of stuff done during the past year. New boiler, gutters, repaired deck. New door with a storm to protect it replaced the old falling apart one. Owen bought us a new washer and dryer.

This is far more than we expected to get done. There still a lot more to do, of course, but we’ve made progress. Now we slide into winter and (hopefully) enjoy living in our cabin and can take a break from repairing it.

New lights on the tree, new lights on the window and soon, a New Year

Our planet hasn’t made any progress nor does it look as if it will get better in my lifetime. Nonetheless, I’m glad we are still on Earth and may yet see real change. I know it’s not likely, but if I don’t retain a tiny bit of hope, it would be hard to keep going.

What keeps me going is a lingering hope of a breakthrough — a beginning — in which we fix something meaningful. Otherwise, we go keep going, keep hoping, do the best we can and try to enjoy what comes. Is there a reasonable alternative?

For the sake of survival, I’m focusing on here and now. Everything else is grim and I’m not coping well. There’s a world out there to which I no longer feel I belong.

Do you feel you belong?

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  1. “GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.”
    So says the Desiderata. And there is much noise and haste in these interesting times.
    You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

    And there’s more.

    “And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

    Be careful where you place your attention.

    And have a Great Christmas All!


    • It is a time to look inward because outward is depressing. What is so awful to me is that we COULD make a real difference, but we are INDIFFERENT. We don’t care enough to make any kind of effort. We shall reap what we sow. We shall indeed inherit the wind.


      • We are in the midst of massive – MASSIVE CHANGE. On all levels – in all ways. Coming from different directions. As I said to Don, the world in in shake down. It is being deconstructed. This is marked by upheaval, dissention. destruction – you name it – both man-made and natural. You ain’t seen nothing yet. We must do our best to survive of course, but we cannot stop it. Yes, by all means “Look Inward”. That is our whole purpose here. We don’t learn much on ‘ Easy Street’ – and there is much to learn. Wish I could offer greater tidings for the Season, but … on we go.


  2. No, I can’t say I feel like I belong anymore because I don’t understand the reactions of people around me to the current events. A sliver of hope is what gets me out of bed in the morning, and I keep busy with projects so I can avoid thinking or worrying too much about the long list of things I have no input or control over. I am very much looking forward to heading to SC this year. Interesting that their Covid numbers are not as bad as ours here. We’ll also be able to be outside which will do a lot for my mental wellbeing. 🙂


    • I’m with you. I do what I do. I feed the birds, fight with the grackles, try to somehow make ends meet. Last night I needed to order 1 5-lb bag of dog food, two bags of dog treats, and a couple of bottles of breath and tooth cleaner for Duke the Dog. $53 (including discounts) is more than twice what this same stuff cost just a few months ago.

      It’s really hard to be optimistic when I feel I don’t understand anything anymore. I feel rather like the ground has been cut out from under me. I’m not even expecting my world to become someplace I recognize. I too have that tiny sliver of hope, but I frequently think it’s there because I need it, not because I think anything will come of it.

      Try to enjoy your holidays. We might as well enjoy what we can.

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  3. I hope you enjoy Christmas! Worrying never helps


  4. Honestly, I don’t feel I belong anymore. As to hope for better, I still have a sliver, but it seems to be dwindling day by day. I would like believe that “this, too, shall pass,” but I’m kinda thinking it’s more likely that I will pass before whatever we’re going through right now will pass…if it ever does.

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    • I think I have that sliver of hope because without it, I might not get out of bed anymore. I’m glad I’m old. I don’t see any signs that we are going to do anything meaningful about anything. How did it get this bad without our noticing? Were we just too busy working? Or too distracted by technology or children or whatever we thought was important?

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      • How did it get this bad without our noticing? I think it’s like that claim that if you put a frog in a pot filled with pleasantly tepid water and gradually heat it, the frog will remain in the water until it boils to death. We are the frogs who didn’t realize that we were sitting in increasingly hotter waters.


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