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.
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?