thanks but no thanks

November 25th, 2020

With every passing day there seems to be less outrage, less hot air; more ventilation and less hyperventilation. It feels weird to me, this return to gravity. Will it hold, I wonder, a government of people that quietly and competently do their jobs with malice toward none?

Absent the flood of fear and fury to distract me, I might have to actually do stuff. Attend to the priorities at hand—staying put, watering the grass, chopping onions, taking out the trash—and be satisfied. It’s a curiously quaint proposition.

It is customary at this time of year to be grateful for what you have. But this year, I am more grateful, indeed, overjoyed, for what I am suddenly without: distrust, disgust and despair.

Perhaps no year in our lifetimes has brought as much menace to our doorsteps as this one. The losses have been great and unspeakable. Rescue and recovery is still far distant. But just for now, I am content with what I lack, and I wish you a day of health, a day of peace, and a day of rest on the solid, steady ground of home.

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  1. Thank you! And Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    Comment by Lana wertz — November 25, 2020 @ 12:37 pm

  2. Well said! Thank you so much❤️

    Comment by Judy — November 25, 2020 @ 12:43 pm

  3. Inhale nourishing breath, Exhale cleansing breath Yes!

    Comment by Deborah Bombard — November 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

  4. We are shaped by absence as much as we are shaped by abundance. I am feeling joy for both. Happy Thanksgiving, Maezen.

    Comment by Bonnie Rae — November 25, 2020 @ 5:40 pm

  5. Exactly. Wishing you a day of peace as well.

    Comment by Pat — November 25, 2020 @ 10:19 pm

  6. Finally! “Content with what I lack…” What the heck does that mean? Continuous and never ending improvement I guess! Your hesitance about it all resonates. Helen chopped the onions a little while ago, for the stuffing!

    Comment by Larry Misiak — November 26, 2020 @ 8:13 am

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to Maezen my dear teacher and to ALL . . . it feels like New Year’s as well as Thanksgiving . . . a fresh start, yes with much to do ahead of all of us, but Good work to do, Good trouble to make as needed. Love and Light to you all . . .

    Comment by E. J. — November 26, 2020 @ 8:48 am

  8. Thank you for this. I too am feeling that ease after a deep sigh and for this, I am truly grateful. ?

    Comment by holly — November 26, 2020 @ 9:32 am

  9. Elegant useful writing, again!

    Comment by Bill — November 27, 2020 @ 4:59 am

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