Have you noticed how long it’s been since I last blogged? Me neither. All I’ve noticed is that I haven’t felt like it. My last post, exactly one month ago, was a re-post of my friend’s, about the Say Their Names memorial in our little village.
Now I’ve just returned home from a ceremony honoring those signs and moving them to their next home, as they were not constructed to withstand fall and winter weather. And I’m finally feeling moved to write again…about the limbo I’ve been in.
Limbo. Two definitions come to mind,* neither of them Biblical:
1) “an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition”
2) “a West Indian dance in which the dancer bends backward to pass under a horizontal bar that is progressively lowered to a position just above the ground”
(*both definitions from Google)
Things that seem stuck in limbo:
–since the COVID shutdown, millions of people’s education, jobs, projects, plans–hell, our lives.
–the forward movement toward racial justice that many of us deeply want to believe in , as the forces against change gather for counter-attack, and as weariness or fear threaten to overwhelm action.
–somewhere in all of that–me. And, very possibly, you.
I don’t want to go into the details of my own personal limbo, which has to do with my two creative passions, writing and music. I want to write about avoiding the “how low can you go?” part of limbo.
Here’s what I am doing to “stay high” in this uncertain period:
- Working on the main source of mood-overwhelm: continuing self-education about the prospects for racial justice AND participating in Get-Out-the-Vote campaigns in several key states.
- Finding assurance and inspiration in certain voices. Right now, my main Muse is Michelle Obama, via her wonderful podcast.
- Sharing good food with near & dear people, and good Zooms with far & dear.
- Reading good books–like Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass–and writing often in my journal.
- Worshipping regularly in the Church of the Great Outdoors.
How about y’all? How are you avoiding the lows of your own limbo? Please share inspiration here.