Getting Up To Speed

Another day gone, but who’s counting.  Well, actually, I am.  And you are too.  Come on. Admit it.  You are watching the edicts and, like riding in an elevator, watching our seclusion rise to another level.  A couple of weeks is turning into another month, and who knows what will happen then.

We are all thinking ” I can’t wait for this to be over so we can return to normal”.  Well, guess what.  I don’t think there is a normal anymore.  At least not the one we remember.  The one we had a few weeks ago.  Too much has happened. Too much has changed.  Lives have been rearranged.  Lifestyles have been altered.  When this is over, and it will be, sometime, we will instinctively hold onto that which we have adapted to that has improved or favorably made a difference.

Every day we all see the doom and gloom of our existence.  Forced isolation.  Favorite foods, favorite restaurants, favorite pastimes, suspended.  They are still there, but we can’t touch them. They are ‘used to be’.  They are yesterday,  But we don’t live there anymore.  We live in an environment of denial.  We are learning, again, to live with less.  We are starting to remember that what we want is not as important as what we need. And what we have is very valuable.  Because it redefines wealth.  We are rich, even today. We have been given another chance to look around us and analyze what is important.  Not only to us, but to our neighbors, our friends, and our loved ones.  We are experiencing a wake up call that says reality is not always pleasant.  It is not always easy, And it is certainly not ours by choice.

But here is what is ours by choice.  We can choose to display the common sense that we all possess.  We can dust off our compassion for those that are having a tougher time then we are, real or imagined.  We can remember that this is not a ‘me’ situation.  It  is an ‘us’ situation.  Me isn’t going to fix it.  Us will.  We can choose to focus on the positive. Hard to do with the TV on, but not impossible.  We can recognize the ground swell of outreach that is sweeping our country.  We can be a part of that.  We can continue to smile. It is said that the true test of a man is his ability to smile when he wants to cry.  His ability to hold out his hand to another when he only wants someone to hold his.  To give of himself when he too is suffering.

We are there today.  We will be there tomorrow.  Survival is not only in the mind.  It is in the heart.  What we have and will enjoy in our lives was not and won’t be accomplished by individuals.  It will be accomplished by those that can unite. Those that can see beyond themselves. Our tomorrow will never be the same as our yesterday.  That doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  It could be a reawakening, where we keep the good that was created through diversity and discard that which we didn’t really need.

I plan to get through this without a lot of issue.  I know what I need to do.  I also know what I can still do and it’s not that bad.  My world is not gone, it has simply changed. Sure, it requires some attitude adjustment, but hey.  Any race car driver will tell you, you can’t get up to speed without shifting a few gears.  Just sayin.

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions. While I tell myself that I write for my own pleasure, I in fact write for yours. As such, I hope that I put to paper a few scribblings that you might enjoy. If so, feel free to use them, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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14 Responses to Getting Up To Speed

  1. quiall says:

    Oh well said! Once again our world has shifted and we must adapt.


  2. scifihammy says:

    Very sensible and compassionate approach to this worldwide lockdown.
    Things have changed a lot, but we can get through this if we all help each other out. 🙂


  3. George says:

    One of the best things I’ve read on here about what’s going on today and what we look forward to in the future.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. George says:

    Would you mid if I reblogged this?


  5. George says:

    Reblogged this on The Off Key Of Life and commented:
    Bob from wrote about what we’ve all been going through and what the future may look like as we move forward. It’s one of the better things I’ve read recently. Since Bob, according to him, was born in the 30’s, he has seen and lived though a few things some of us haven’t. His insights, wisdom and humor are always a good and enjoyable read. As evidenced by these words, he is also a talented writer.
    Stay well.

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    • oldmainer says:

      Thank you George. Having my finest day, ever. Since your readership far eclipses mine, I owe you a vote of thanks. And I appreciate your comment as well. I realize older and smarter aren’t joined at the hip. You can be one without the other. So to have someone such as yourself endorse something I have written is a wonderful complement.. Stay safe. Bob

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      • George says:

        No thanks necessary, Bob. I have my thanks every time I read the words you post. Others should hear your voice as well. It always strikes the right chords.
        Take care of yourself out there in my favorite state to visit.


  6. This is great – thanks to George at the Off Key of Life for sending me here! You are right, we are learning the differences between want and need. And I agree, this is an “us” thing. 🙂


  7. JT Twissel says:

    I think you’re absolutely right. We will be shifting gears. 9/11 changed the airline industry and this will change the retail and restaurant industry. Well written essay! Thanks.


  8. Hopped over from The Off Key of Life… great essay. I think many people think (hope?) that at some point a switch will be turned on and we will all suddenly go back to what we had, did, enjoyed before. I certainly hope that I can claw some of my old (that I had in late February) life back, but I know that, as we slowly work our way through this, much has fundamentally, and probably irrevocably, changed.


  9. Ann Coleman says:

    I loved this! George linked it to his blog, which is how I found it. Thank you so much for writing what we all needed to hear. Your insights and experience are helpful, and give the rest of us the support that we need to get through this.


  10. Miriam says:

    What a wonderfully written post, like a breath of fresh air in these strange uncertain times. Thank you so much for writing this and also to George who lead me here. Wishing you all the very best.


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