Lockdown Day 50 – 15 May 2020 – Value of a Cent

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Lockdown Day 50 15 May 2020

David Gilmour – Live At Pompeii (Full Concert)

I do not know who David Gilmour is, but since part of my lockdown goals are to learn and open up to new experiences, I click on the video when YouTube suggests it to me. Perhaps I can expand my YouTube music experience.

This morning a few random thoughts.

Robert Frost is the poet of the Road not Taken that is always at the back of my mind when I hit the road or trail – in my 4×4 or my 2×2 hiking boots. He also said this truth:

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
– Robert Frost

That is a good thing – life is like a strong flowing river and it takes us a long, whether we want to or not. In my limited experience of 61 years, healing begins with life going on. Painful as it may be. Life will go one after lockdown, too.

“When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

One thing about the Coronavirus is that it is hitting everyone. Perhaps not the rich so much (Rich has become a loaded word in our society, and we confuse high-income earners with being rich), anyway what I as saying, many high-income earners are also unemployed today. Despite what some people in society want us to believe, they work for their income and they keep the economy going, because they can buy things that I cannot afford. And it is BUYING that creates an economy. It is BUYING that creates jobs – not a stupid politician who claims he can do it! But I think Eleanor Roosevelt is right, we had it too good for too long and forgot about the “seven lean years” that always follow on the good years.

This morning while out during the 3 hours that the virus is inactive, I thought about the value of a Cent. A cent has become worthless, so we do not even have them anymore. But a cent can sometimes make all the difference! This thought was triggered by the news releases I read with my first cup of coffee of large international companies laying off thousands of people. I was unemployed in my life. I have experienced how it is to be without an income. I know how it feels not to have money to buy a Coke. That is when you learn the value of 1 Cent. If a Coke costs R2.50 and you have R2.49, you cannot buy a Coke. You may just as well not have any money. The 1 Cent is the difference. That is probably why we were taught to “count your pennies.” And back to Eleanor Roosevelt, we forgot about counting pennies!  Today it is the people who did count their pennies who suffer least! That is how they became wealthy – they diligently counted their pennies!

And lastly,

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw

That has been my message to myself since Lockdown Day 0 – to use the time to create a post lockdown life!

Isn’t 50 another special number? If so, we may get a miracle.

I stopped listening to David Gilmour – it is more adverts than music, I rather turned to:

PINK FLOYD: Delicate Sound Of Thunder (expanded new edition)





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