The news is not good; the second wave of infection is well and truly upon us. We’re in another lockdown and I am very, very grumpy about it. Pessimism abounds (I recently found a definition for pessimists that claims they are the happiest people on earth because: 1. their dire predictions have proven correct, which means they were right, or 2. their dire predictions have proven wrong, in which case things were better than they thought!)
In a time of such misery, I think of words written by Susan Sontag: “Do Not Suffer Future Pain”. Each of us has quite enough to deal with in the present moment without projecting horrors from the uncertain future. We don’t know what awaits us as we face the unknown; things could be good, things could be bad, they could be in-between. Most likely it will be a combination of all three. So I try not to suffer future pain as there will be time enough for that, if and when it arrives.
And so I have decided that I must have some fun (safely, of course) to help me get through these winter months – perhaps skating parties with hot chocolate, or walks with my friends on frosty mornings , or a snowshoeing adventure in a provincial park , maybe lots (and lots!) of sweet treats with tea and good books, and staying connected to the world in every way possible… or thinking up surprises that make others happy (and me feel good)- like sending flowers to a friend, or giving an extra big tip in a coffee shop, donating to a worthy cause or just plain helping out.
Here is a little poem written by Roger McGough called (very appropriately): SURVIVOR
“Every day, I think about dying.
About disease, starvation, violence, terrorism, war, the end of the world.
It helps keep my mind off things.”
I think I am feeling better already!