What’s Been On My Mind Lately…

“The things you think about determine the quality of your mind.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Besides working on my rehabilitation with my hip replacement, I have been thinking about some other things.

Here are some of those thoughts:

Vocabulary:

It could be my age, or maybe I am just not clueing in on tall the changes that are happening in today’s social culture. I am just having a difficult time with all the new words that have emerged. Words like, “cancel culture”, I still am clueless of what it exactly means. Does it mean that we cancel something like we would with a streaming site? When we cancel our subscription of the daily newspaper being brought to our door?

Then lately there is the term “woke”. I have no light going off in my head to let me know what they are talking about when they use this term. Woke to me is what defines us being conscious with our eyes wide open. Wikipedia defines the word as such:

Woke (/ˈwoʊk/WOHK) is a term that refers to awareness of issues that concern social justice and racial justice.[4] It is sometimes used in the African-American Vernacular English expression stay woke.

In the light of that definition it is somewhat understandable. I guess I would be considered “woke”, for I feel I am aware about social and racial justice. Those would require several new posts to deal with those issues.

Blogger Shock

When I left high school I had obtained five English credits, far more than what was required to graduate.

I heard about a certain person having a blog, so I decided to give it a look. I was shocked, it was one long rambling paragraph. There were no breaks when the thought changed. There were many grammatical errors and also wording. I thought to myself if this was to be turned in to be marked as a homework assignment it would received a failing grade. I can normally look past all those things, but this blog post was beyond the pale. I didn’t even bother to read the whole post and I cannot tell you what the writer was trying to convey.

Rebranding

After this shock I began to think about my own blog. Thoughts about how I could change things up, give it some cosmetic surgery, leading to maybe changing the structure of the blog. Thoughts about dedicating each day to a specific topic, but I am not sure I am willing to be that disciplined. Which topics would I use and on what day?

So dear reader those were some of my thoughts which was rambling around in my almost sixty year old brain!

I Will Not Panic, That’s My Final Answer!

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“Being under stress is like being stranded in a body of water. If you panic, it will cause you to flail around so that the water rushes into your lungs and creates further distress. Yet, by calmly collecting yourself and using controlled breathing you remain afloat with ease.”
― Alaric Hutchinson,Living Peace: Essential Teachings for Enriching Life

I know, it is easy and almost a cop-out to tell someone “Don’t Panic”.  For something that this writer doesn’t understand but by telling a person that it seems to heighten their panic.

Along with panic there is a close relative emotion that tags along, frustration.  It is almost unavoidable these days not to feel frustration, not to panic realizing that the rent is due this week.

Now mix in insomnia and you have a disaster looking for a place to happen.  Trying to force yourself to go to sleep in the meanwhile images of all the bills that need to be paid but the bank account tells you that you are overdrawn.

No matter who you speak with you can definitely hear the frustration and panic in their voice.  A neighbor is somewhat like me, not going out in hesitation worrying about covid-19.  

Yet, I need to go grocery shopping this week so that the cupboards do not start looking bare.  At least if I go to the big “W” I can go during the first hour that is reserved for seniors, or those who have compromised immune systems. I won’t decide until the very last minute whether I go or have my best friend do my shopping.

So, I all can do in this time and space is to tell myself “Don’t Panic”!