Finding a Groove in Troubling Times

There was much more to May than spring flowers this year. My husband and I have two sister-nieces who celebrated landmark school graduations, and our daughter graduated from college and happily joined the work force. Our local high school girl’s lacrosse team won its 11th state championship, and our friends from Maryland have a son on a college team that made it all the way to the national tournament semi-final. To most readers, these aren’t earth shattering events, maybe not even interesting, but to me, they were an almost sanity leveling, life saving breath of fresh air. Because in May, a twenty-two year old man walked into a concert hall in Manchester, England, during an event attended by mostly teenaged young girls, and left a pipe-bomb to maim and kill. United in grief, the citizens of the world showed powerful heart in their support of the victims of this senseless attack. In the U.S., on the last Monday of May, we honored those who gave their lives in past and present wars, another somber reminder that the world was, and still is, in dangerous conflict. May transitioned to June, and more flowers lay gathered in tribute, but this time in front of a bridge called London in the city with the same name, fragrant prayers for eight slain in another deadly attack. Soon after, a knife wielding attacker struck a police officer in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. This morning, as I walked through our small local park, other walkers nodded greetings and gave me warm smiles and wishes for a good day, for once our two dogs didn’t wind themselves around me like a May pole, and when I returned to the parking lot I didn’t accidentally try to get into the wrong car again. Life IS good. And it does go on in this constantly changing world.

 

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  • It is hard not to get caught up in the hysteria created by terror events, especially when the news channels and social media feeds are constantly pushing out content. It is too easy to become overwhelmed and forget the good things in our lives, the simple things that make us smile. Have a great week!

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    • It’s true! I’ve found that I’ve been avoiding the television these days, and when I DO turn it on I almost cover my eyes first. So yes, we all need to stick together and seek out the normalcy in our lives. Take care and thanks for stopping by!
      elisa

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  • It is important to realise that most people are good natured and the small simple things in life are just as important as major events. Having said that, the concert bombing was particularly distressing given the intended targets.

    I’m glad you didn’t try to get into the wrong car. Having done that before, I know the distress it can cause to the actual owner who stood there and asked me what I was doing. 🙂

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    • The concert bombing was almost the last straw for me, making me ponder the idea of living the life of a hermit. But as we all know, then they’ve won one of their ultimate goals. So yes, keep traveling and documenting your trips with your fabulous photos, something we all live for around here.

      Ha, glad I’m not the only one who walks up to almost every silver SUV and claims it as their own. About six months ago and I was almost reaching for the handle of a car and stopped to put my finger on a scratch, thinking when did I do THAT. I looked up and a mother and her young daughter (who looked terrifed) were standing there, and she asked me, “is there something wrong with the car?” The realization that I tried to get into their car was stunning for all three of us, I’m sure. I’ve GOT to start paying more attention!

      Thank you for your kind words, and support. Have a great day and be careful out there.
      elisa

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  • Elisa, a fine bit of writing here and great perspective, the kaleidoscopic nature of it. Insane times, indeed, and you do well to pull the lens in to focus on the apparent mundane and yet gratifying details of everyday living. Blessings to you and yours! 🌷

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    • Hi, Bela, and thank you. It’s true, the everyday tasks are what make me feel sane these days. I think of you in beautiful Hawaii and of the beautiful landscape in which you can escape. Do a little escaping for me, will you? Enjoy!
      elisa

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  • A horror story Elisa! My son spent the day of the London attack at a birthday bash at Epsom races. Totally out of character but a bit of fun. I was horrified to find out next morning that he was at London Bridge at 9 that evening. So many weren’t so lucky. The Manchester concert made me cry. Sending hugs xx

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    • I’m so relieved your son was safe that night, Jo, you must have been frantic. It’s those stories that I hear from people that I know that truly brings it all home. I was just saying to another commenter that I almost cover my eyes before I turn on the television these days! So glad to hear from you!

      elisa

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      • You think they’re safe when you bring them up and they go out into the world, Elisa, but it’s not so. James was having his own dramas that evening, which involved being locked out of the accommodation where his clothes and possessions were and something to laugh about in retrospect. He was quite shocked to find out what the sirens heard all over London that night were all about. Very lucky, as I said. This probably isn’t the place but I’m going to change the subect… wasn’t Rafa magnificent? 🙂

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        • It must have been a surreal moment in time for him, I can only imagine! Happy for your entire family for his safety that that night. And YES!!! I was thinking of you during the final, I really was! I agree with the commentators, that he was playing the best tennis they’ve ever seen him play. He truly inspires me. Work ethic and fabulous attitude. We need more like him in this world. Hope his knees hold out for Wimbledon…he says the grass is hard on them. Fingers crossed for more greatness. xoxoxox

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  • Elisa-That was a horrific tragedy that took place in Manchester, especially targeting teens and families.
    We are living in a crazy world, it’s good to be able to celebrate the milestones in our lives!

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    • Hi Gail! Yes, there’re all horrible, but that one just made me sicker than normal. And then London bridge. The best we can do is to embrace our daily lives and not give in to the fear. Hard though, right? Sooo glad to hear from you. Hugs to you.

      elisa

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    • One of my motivations for writing this post was my wavering in trip planning to London over the Christmas holiday. For the first time, I thought, is this worth it? It really stunned me that I was thinking in those terms. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week, Sally.

      elisa

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  • That’s a beautiful photo you placed at the beginning of your post. Yesterday we remembered the people killed and injured one year ago at Pulse in Orlando. I recall it as one of those “it could have been me” events.

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    • Hi Brian, and thank you. Attending that memorial must have been almost more than you could bear, especially reflecting on how you might have been there that night. One thing about writing a post like this was the sudden realization that the list of attacks is growing so long. These are different times. I’m glad you’re safe and well, Brian. Take care,

      Elisa

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  • Moving post Elisa. I’ve tried to stop listening to news because it’s full of negativity these days but these recent events were hard to avoid. We each need to live our days as if they were the last.

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  • Your thoughts and message are powerful and a true reminder of the world we live in today Elisa – time to enjoy what really matters and realize our world and lives are being profoundly changed. My best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful summer – nice to see you again.

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  • Love your post. Life does go on in spite of some people trying to ruin it for all of us. We do have to live our lives as though it’s the last day.That means getting out and doing the things you love, which does include travel even if it’s in your own backyard . Remember staying home is NOT an option and neither is being afraid to travel anywhere .

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    • Thank you for stopping by and for the encouragement! We all need a little nudge to move away from the television news and get on with it. Take care and have a great day!

      Elisa

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  • I often use strength-based counselling with a lot of my clients, ie, focusing on what that person is doing well, finding things he or she can be confident in, to start feeling like not everything is shit. It takes your power back and reminds you what you’re capable of. I think we’re societally in need of this right now.

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