23 June 2021

On Maintaining

 "It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 
The Complete Prose Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thinking again, as I have a habit of doing, a sweeping look at the past present and future swirls around until I decide where to look. In the 1960s there was an expression, Maintain, as in to maintain one's cool near 100% when possible, and appropriate. Cool being admirable, elegant, strong, mellow, unflappable, intelligent. Maintaining your cool is one of the most important things you could do for yourself. Doing so is the ability to represent the You, that you want to the World to see, and the You of your brain voice. 

Maintaining takes work. There are people that are born so cool, they have zero need to put effort into maintaining. On the other side of the spectrum, there are people that will struggle. The majority of us, I estimate, are in the middle with the ability to train ourselves to Maintain, (near 100 percent of the time). 

Post pandemic, I suspect, many of us are wondering how folks will behave, react, lead their lives. What kind of changes will there be. These days feel to me like cute critters peeping out of the den, timid, cautious, wondering what is out there. Look around. Smell the air. See the sky. And then, rejoicing, frolicking, seeing faces. Think spring lambs in the pasture jumping with joy. 

The quote above by Emerson fits the thoughts I landed on. Solitude in the sense of being alone in a sort of philosophical atmosphere. Introspection. Evaluating. Feeling coolness with mask in hand because the covid variants are here. Being vaccinated is cool. Wearing a mask is cool. Not running out of the den too soon, I believe is mega cool.

How are your post pandemic days developing? Any changes of note?


24 comments:

  1. Things are still very cautious here. Although, of course, not everyone cooperates very well. Love the pretty pink flowers.

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  2. Loree,
    Here in Vermont there are more faces than mask wearers. There is a high vaccination rate here for that to make sense. I keep a mask with me anyway.
    Stay safe

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  3. Not running out of the den too soon is exactly my plan. I've never been much of a shopper anyway so going to stores isn't appealing at all. The only thing I truly miss and look forward to - is the in-person visits to the library. Travel isn't something we're able to do much of so road trips are out and there's no way in h-e-double-hockey-sticks we'll be getting on a plane until there's a lot more time passes, much as we want to see our kids out west.

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    1. Maryanne,
      Good point there. It stuns me how many people are willing to fly. Stay safe

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  4. We are wearing masks as always here. I have no idea when it will be lifted. That will be a great day!

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    1. Marie,
      The no mask announcement can feel joyful. Not wearing a mask can feel weird. Stay safe

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  5. Wisely said. We are cautious in moving through stages now.

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    1. William,
      Cautious may be one of the elements of the new normal. It will be interesting to see if that holds true.

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  6. I suspect I may be wearing my mask for a lot of the summer as unfortunately we seem to be well into the beginning of a third wave. I feel very critter-like ;o)

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    1. Lisa,
      Sorry to hear about a third wave. Prayers.

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  7. I think we are on the same page and you said it so articulately and with great introspection. I have no desire to go out on a limb to live the life I had before. I rather liked not having the pressure to "be" places of "do" things. And I have no intention of letting down mask protocol in crowded environments or with people I don't know. I'm not sure I see that changing. That said, when I'm up north (and maybe a little here) I see loads and loads of people who are ditching the masks. The variants are becoming more prevalent, even though our stats say Michigan is low risk. That's not likely to hold if people let up too soon.

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    1. Jeanie,
      Going maskless for me has been scary, but I have begun not wearing it where I don't have to. I feel that is going to change. More travelers means a variant could be around before any news if it being around.
      Stay safe

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  8. I am wondering how I will behave as we have been so isolated. It is hard to be in a crowd, say at Walmart. I'm sure most of the people that aren't wearing masks are not vaccinated. Our state doesn't have a really high percentage yet. And the people I talk to on the phone are not going to get the shots. I think it's not wise. Wearing masks never bothered me too much, but now that I'm free to unmask, I'm a bit leary of unvaccinated people I may meet.

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    1. Debra,
      Why so many people are not getting vaccinated is disturbing. Without the shots, and no mask during a pandemic is very disturbing. Those are people that help keep the pandemic going.
      Stay Safe

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  9. So many are no longer wearing masks here and are gathering, seemingly without concern. I’m still staying away from people as much as possible and still wearing a mask when I go out. The news of a new and angrier COVID is keeping me cautious. I’m happy enough to continue to stay at home and play by myself.

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    1. Annie,
      Staying away from people is a good strategy. It would be devastating to survive this far only to get sick from a variant.
      Stay safe

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  10. Going back to more mask wearing after we all have relaxed. Kind of like being on a seesaw.

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    1. Tabor,
      It does feel like a seesaw. I pray it doesn't turn into a perpetual merry-go-round.
      Stay safe

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  11. Yes, many are very good under pressure. My Mom for one.....she had five kids and many grandkids, and she held up
    well when difficult times surfaced. I'm the type of person that maintains the heat when it's all happening, but afterwards I become drained and emotional, and it hits me. But I'd prefer that way rather than losing my temper when faced with chaos. That has also happened haha. It's all part of growing, isn't it?

    It sounds like you are more relaxed now.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri
      You have a wonderful mother.
      If there is an emergency with a person, other than myself, then freaking out isn't an option for me. And like you, afterwards, the emotional drain kicks in.
      Chaos is not my friend. If it happens, channeling back to my 17 year attitude is a good option. I was cool then. Now, I lean towards cranky old lady when there's turmoil going on.

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  12. Here in the UK we still have some restrictions in place.
    We are taking things cautiously.

    All the best Jan

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  13. I feel like we may be ahead of you here in Indiana. Things really seem to be back to normal (and have been for at least a month, I'd guess). With new COVID variants I do remind myself to be cautious (things like washing my hands/sanitizing them when out and about). I remind myself that the vaccinne isn't assurance I can't get sick, but it gives me more confidence to open myself up to risk. Some days I forget that every moment we breath is a risk - which is what normal living is. Other days I wonder if I just walked through someone's cloud of virus left lingering in the air. lol I'm mostly living normally, but COVID has changed me in some ways that may never go completely away. In awareness more than fear, fortunately.

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    1. Becki,
      Stay safe, you have a good attitude.
      Remembering to wash hands has been difficult for me, and I'm a hand washer forever.

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