Open Thread - 3-24-23 - Under Pressure
Whether it is the shock of inflation and the rising cost of necessities of life, or the prospect of losing retirement benefits, or whether it is trying to engage with fellow citizens with the correct pronouns, or no pronouns at all, we all are under pressure like never before in our lives.
Psychopathic government leaders around the globe are pushing the nuclear clock to midnight with their shoulders.
Many of us realize we can't vote in a pressure release. And, truth be known, we haven't come up with any particular path to head us to an exit from the pressure cooker we live in now.
At least the basic coping measures are to love, respect, to share, to find joy wherever it shows itself, to NOT BLAME EACH OTHER for the state of the world.
We didn't cause this. We do not know with any certainty who did. We are the 99% who's only power is in numbers, and only then, if it is power exerted in the same direction.
For whatever reasons, I went out of my way today to hug and kiss an attorney pal. His son will be undergoing an 8 hour surgery on Monday for a brain bleed. A great Houston hospital. We both teared up, right there in the court room. 50 year old son, a logger. The son had no health problems until he had to be life flighted to Houston from 65 miles away.
My brother shared some Mandarin oranges with us that he had gotten from a food bank. My secretary had given him some dessert for tonight. My husband came to witness some wills, the clients appreciated it so much.
There is cool wind tonight. Rains for days ahead. Creeks will rise, roads may be impassable here and there.
Thing is, I know alternate routes. We all do. And we know the ways to relieve the pressure.
You pick your favorite version.
And then make a comment about anything you want, because this is an OT.
Which version relieves a bit of pressure? This one?
Or this one?
I will be in an intense trial Monday, but in the back of my mind, and with a crushing pressure on my heart, I will be in a Houston hospital with a family, waiting to see if their first born child has a chance to outlive them.