Sunday, 14 June 2020

Peace

Here, in  a little quiet backwater, all seems to be going on as normal.   Most people seem to be following the lockdown rules, nobody is protesting about Black Lives Matter (they absolutely do - of that there is no doubt, but does it make the cause any more real if we march and spread hatred - surely that makes it worse).  We complain that we are tired of lockdown - particularly those of us over 70 who can see it going on throughout the winter and don't know whether we can take it - we seem to be living in a surreal world.

I look out of my window sitting here at the computer.   The pinks are beginning to open - a two-tone pink one and a deep red one so far.   The side garden looks so happy after the rain and various plants are in deep bud and ready to burst forth.  The sun is out and it is warm and everything in the garden is saying 'thank-you' for the life saving rain. 

Is it wrong of me to ignore all the protests?   Today is three years since the terrible Grenfell disaster - the effects of which are still not resolved.   Thousands are still dying from Covid19.   The hatred between the various groups in the BLM protests throughout the world is so strong that you can almost touch it.   I am almost 88.   Is it wrong of me to think of my garden and get pleasure from it and yet do nothing about all the other things - what can I do?   Yemen, .Syria, Afghanistan,poverty and hunger in parts of Africa - and so it goes on.   Inequality has always been with us and it wont go away - unemployment looms large in the not so far distant future.   And I contemplate the beauty of the plants in my garden.  Am I wrong and if so what should I be doing because I for one have absolutely no idea.

27 comments:

jinxxxygirl said...

You are not wrong Pat... Big hugs! deb

Marcia LaRue said...

Your garden is there for you to sit in and enjoy ... to breathe deep the fragrance of your blooming flowers ... and to contemplate the wonders of Nature!
The protests here in the States [and around the World] are not for spreading hatred but to, hopefully, spread understanding of what the many minorities have been subjected to for far too many years ... decades, in fact! As someone said recently -- the White folks chose to come to this country to get away from the English rule. The Black folks did not choose to come here, they were bound in chains and enslaved and brought here! They are still fighting for their freedom and to be deemed a "whole person!" They have the right to live a free from fear life that anyone else in this country has the right to do! It is ignorance and hatred that is killing them! The protest marches are for getting the killing stopped and the understanding to begin!
All of this applies to how this country has also treated our American Indians -- COVID has hit the reservations extremely hard! So many Reservations don't even have running water for the people ... so much has been taken from them and so little has been given back!
They ALL deserve so much better!!
Be well ... be safe ... be kind!

thelma said...

Also don't feel guilt, for that is what lies at the back of your mind. We cannot be responsible for the woes of the world, all we can do is bear witness and speak out. I sat, in a very hot sun this afternoon, admiring the plants, bantams, kitten and Lucy, perfect peace, for a time at least.

Derek Faulkner said...

At 88 you are most certainly doing the best thing, at your age there's little that you can do to change things in the world and they certainly don't warrant you worrying about them.
I just wish that the government would stop plodding along with this lock down business that in my opinion has run it's course now and needs lifting to get us back to work and making much needed money again. Every week now there are many, many thousands of people ignoring the social distancing rules, either on beaches, in parks, or at mass protests and yet the government keep bumbling along, telling people like yourself in quite little towns and villages that they should still be in lock down. Where I live here on Sheppey in North Kent, people seem to be almost back to pre-lock down now.

walking in beauty carmarthenshire said...

No I don't think you are wrong Weaver. I am only 80 years old, but feel the same. I believe we are on this world to enjoy our lives and the beauty all around us. We may not like what is happening in the world,but it is our own lives we are living. Many changes have come in our lifetime,we have done what we could for the cause of equality, which comes in many forms.Like me you think of others and do what you can in whatever situation we find ourselves. We can do no more than that,no one can. Doing a little is better than shouting about a lot. The world has plenty of people saying what is wrong. Only we can make changes, a little at a time. Or at least that is my opinion. Enjoy the sunshine,the birdsong, the beautiful world around us and your friendships Weaver.
Kathy

Bonnie said...

You are not wrong at all. You have lived a long, productive and resposible life. Now is your time to enjoy your garden and your well earned retirement!

Ellen D. said...

You lead a good life and you speak out in your blog when you need to. It is obvious that you care for others and wish peace to all so you ARE doing all that you can do. I think treating others the way you want to be treated really does go a long way and I have hope for a better future. Thanks for always posting your honest thoughts and feelings!

Bovey Belle said...

I think I will echo what walking in beauty carmarthenshire said - we must live our own lives and with the limitations that age and health place upon us. Just because we don't go out and wave placards about in large crowds, doesn't mean we feel any the less about social injustice in whatever format it takes.

Enjoy your garden, knowing that you can make your beliefs felt in the context of a conversation or written comment and that carries as much individual empathy as banner waving.

crafty cat corner said...

I know how you feel but you are not wrong.
Years ago we would have only had our immediate area to worry about as we didn't travel far from home and we didn't have internet or tv. Therefore we only worried about our close neighbours.
Today there is so much thrown at us that we feel guilty for everything and we shouldn't.
I say enjoy your garden, home and friends and make the most of each day.
By the way, I looked up those machines that help you up if you fall over, they are mega expensive so I for one will not be buying one, lol
Briony
x

Heather said...

You are not wrong at all Pat. I think that most of us feel the same. It does no good to dwell on things over which we have no control. If there was something we could do to help, we would do it. In our hearts we think of all the families that have been affected by the recent terrible events, and to save our own sanity we must find comfort in whatever way we can.

wherethejourneytakesme said...

I was in Sainsbury's last night doing our shopping while it was quiet. One of the assistants was putting out vegetables while I was choosing mine and he was being very helpful finding me things - so helpful we got chatting for ages. He was black and we wandered on to the topic of the protests and he said it should not be Black Lives Matter but Every Life Matters - I tend to agree with him.
My neighbour has had different people in and out of their house all week and the week before that - there is no social distancing going and until today it has been raining so they have definitely been indoors not sitting in the garden - you would not even know there is a Covid virus out there looking at the way they are conducting their lives. I feel sorry for those like you Pat and my mum who have been nowhere through all this while other people have just decided not to follow any advice or rules- it feels very selfish of them. So I would enjoy your garden and not worry too much about the wider world - just caring about it is better than those who just totally disregard everything.

pat chester said...

Enjoy your garden, you cannot do anything about what is happening in the world. don't let it get you down, you don't deserve to be depressed by it. Look after yourself and anything you an do do it without any guilt. Keep safe. I have recently started my first blog, pastorswife69.com if you would like to look at it. I haven't posted for the last few days and will probably do a post tomorrow as I've been tired out today.

Joan (Devon) said...

No Pat you can't do anything about the state of the world at the moment, unless of course, you have a magic wand hidden away.

Patricia in southern Minnesota said...

It's not either/or is it? You don't have to choose between enjoying your garden (or anything else) and caring about the things that are going wrong in the world. And you don't have to feel guilty about it. The problem is not that you have things in your life to enjoy. It's that others are not so fortunate. You didn't cause that. I don't doubt that if there was a way for you to fix things, you would. We should do what we can. We can vote for responsible leaders, send a check to a worthwhile organization, reach out to someone we know in trouble, help where we can within the limits of our abilities. And it would be a terrible shame if we couldn't enjoy as much as possible the good things and people in our lives.

George said...

Enjoy your garden and every other thing in your life, Pat. We can use our voices and the examples of our lives to protest injustices, yet take the time, which is essential, to enjoy the blessings of life that have come our way. The pursuit of one goal need not be the negation of another.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks everyone. I feel much happier having read your comments.

Tom Stephenson said...

Nope. Nothing wrong with that.

Cro Magnon said...

The most important person in our lives is us. I know that if I didn't listen to the news every day, I would be calmer, have more hair, and probably add a few years to my life. I think at a certain age we are allowed to ignore the stupidity of our fellow humans.

carolyn said...

Dear Weave I think you have done much more good in your life than most people have ever done. Your wit and wisdom inspire us all. Your wonderful stories and positivity make me happy every day, well except when you fall.

You are loved.

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JA said...

At 78 years I have decided that there is little to nothing I can do. At this stage of my life I am merely a spectator.

Roger Fox said...

Yes, there really are countries in which people are starving, and this did not happen after the pandemic, it was before it. I think we need to help those around, if there is an opportunity to help. They will be very grateful. But unfortunately, the whole world cannot be saved ...

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Granny Sue said...

I understand how you feel. At 88 you've earned the right to sit back and enjoy your days. You are amazing at being able to fend for yourself, an example to us all.

I too wonder if I am being selfish going about my usual quiet, at-home days during this pandemic and not getting involved in the protests or other terrible things inflicting our world. What I have done is counter comments on social media when I can (in a gracious way), state clearly where I stand to any friend who denigrates the anger and frustration of the black world community, and give what I can, where I can. A local boy died by drowning--I contributed online to funeral expenses. A friend could not get needed food for lack of money because the pandemic took her income--I sent food via Amazon. I've sent books and little gifts by mail, and I try my best to keep up with friends and family online. It's not much but it's what I can do. Like you, I love to sit and enjoy our gardens and work out in them as much as possible. And give thanks daily for this isolated, beautiful place where I live.

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