Lockdown Day 49 – 14 May 2020 – Frustration

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My music given by YouTube is once again Libera.

Today is day 49 – 7×7 and I wonder about the number 7. Seven days in a week. Seven deadly sins. Seven notes make an octave (that needs further investigation, octa = 8, or does it?), seven dwarfs, Shakespeare 7 ages of man, seven continents. Biblically (and it seems some other religions too) seven is considered a number of perfection and wholeness. God created in seven days. Since 7, and multiples thereof are important and significant, today must be a very important milestone in the lockdown period. Especially when the date is 2 x 7 = 14. I expect big things today.

We will have to see. After all, it is superstition, but if you Google “magic number seven,” you will be surprised how many snake-oil salesmen are out there.

Since I am journaling and I am committed to being in the now, I try to determine my feelings or where I am at, so to speak, every day.

Just so you understand – I always work from home. I visit the office as needed (mostly just so they know I am alive). I miss visiting my clients, but I have regular virtual visits. I miss the gym, but I will not go back this year, irrespective of lockdown, because of my wife. I miss a drive on dirt roads, but I can live with that.

My feeling is becoming one of frustration. Not with lockdown as such, but with the stupidity of people whom I more and more perceive to be incompetent and who are trying to hide their incompetence behind silly rules. Instead of governing us during this time of crisis they are ruling and I am losing my confidence in the RULERS (I am deliberately not using the word leaders, because leaders lead, they do not RULE).

I marvel at the President’s use of the word rational, when I cannot see any rationality behind too many of the rules. Let me just clarify again – not the isolation part, the idea that a shop can be open, but may only sell certain items. What is rational about that? The idea that I can only buy a t-shirt to wear under another garment – is that fake news? I hope so, because it is beyond irrationality. To me it speaks of a person so far beyond the depth of his capabilities that he or she hides behind stupid, petty rules. I really hope the t-shirts and shoes thing is fake news. My frustration may change to despair.

I am almost 61 – I learned the more people lack confidence and skills, the more petty rules they need to hide their “lacks.” More and more I have a feeling that day 49 should be a very special day that will miraculously change a lot of things – snake oil!

I am frustrated – and scared.

“I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream.”
– Temple Grandin

“On every front there are clear answers out there that can make this country stronger, but we’re going to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling. Our job is to make sure that even as we make progress, that we are also giving people a sense of hope and vision for the future.”
– Barack Obama

This one needs pondering, from a historical perspective into the future. …
“We develop the kind of citizens we deserve. If a large number of our children grow up into frustration and poverty, we must expect to pay the price.”
– Robert Kennedy

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