Monday, November 17, 2008

I have no words.

I'm not of a mind to write these days. I have a few things in the queue, but haven't been motivated to slap them into shape yet. During the election buildup, I was looking forward to post-election blogging about all things non-political, but nothing really has been flowing for me so far. The gears in my brain haven't shifted yet, so I just don't have much to say.

To make matters worse, I've been a bit of a bore lately -- a happy one, but a yawn nonetheless. What with all the obsessing over Nov. 4th, and especially after hurting my back, things here at Chez 10K were in pretty rough shape. I've been poking at it a bit here and there, but was waiting for an all-clear from the physical therapist before I really hit it hard, and I got that on Friday. So, I spent the weekend vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing and generally puttering about the house, and it was wonderful. I loved every minute of it. I fussed over the plants and sucked up the dust bunnies hiding behind the doors and cleaned out the fridge and made homemade pizza and even watched a few movies with Emmie, who came in to keep me company while G-Dog was out of town leading a retreat over the weekend.

I assume I'll eventually get into a groove when I finally settle into some kind of a post-election routine, but at the moment, I'm at a loss. So, I'll leave you with this, a quote from my rss reader's clippings folder, in which I've been saving up all sorts of fun stuff for non-political posts. I don't have a link, but this is a post from a now-defunct blog that was called Fly Over This, by a dude named Zack. The post's title was "Email Signature Politics."
You know this Margaret Mead quote? "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." That quote seems to have been adopted as the standard email signature for a certain element of the progressive left.

Meanwhile, Christian email is fast adopting Mother Teresa's quote, "There are no great things, only small things with great love."

I like both of those quotes. But I always have the feeling that both are being used as bludgeons against out-of-fashion ideas like long-term planning, goal setting, big-picture thinking and even just plain organizing.

So, at the bottom of someone's email today I saw a great quote that I somehow have not come across before. Maybe I will add it to my own email settings:
"Small acts of humanity amid the chaos of inhumanity provide hope. But small acts are insufficient."
- Paul Rusesabagina
Rusesabagina is the Rwandan hotel manager who saved a whole bunch of people in the genocide and inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda.


max said...

I suspect you've got it in the back of your head that it isn't January 20th yet.


['Poised in suspension.']

alice said...

That might be it. Or at least part of it. One thing I'm sure of is that I'm very tired of watching my savings dwindle. The Bush Recession is like the final "fuck you" from the feeble Boy King.


['At least I hope it was his final disaster...']