"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?