Lockdown Day 63 – 28 May 2020 – Hazy Shade of Winter

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It is Simon & Garfunkel’s Hazy Shade of Winter today.

It is cold and rainy. How lucky am I to sit in my own house. Dry and warm. It is in winter that living on the streets must be worst.

Here is the lyrics of Hazy Shade of winter. And that is what I am thinking about today. Read it a few times slowly. If you want an idea of the life of street people, I can really recommend John Grisham’s Street Lawyer. I read it twice.

A Hazy Shade Of Winter

Time, time, time See what’s become of me
While I looked around for my possibilities
I was so hard to please
But look around Leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
Hear the Salvation Army band
Down by the riverside’s
Bound to be a better ride
Than what you’ve got planned
Carry your cup in your hand
And look around you
Leaves are brown, now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That’s an easy thing to say
But if your hopes should pass away
Simply pretend That you can build them again
Look around
The grass is high
The fields are ripe
It’s the springtime of my life
Seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won’t you stop and remember me
At any convenient time?
Funny how my memory skips
Looking over manuscripts
Of unpublished rhyme
Drinking my vodka and lime
I look around Leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
Look around Leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground
Look around Leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground

Just a few thoughts today:

If we lose our dreams, what are there to live for?

If we lose hope, we have lost everything.

Perhaps this is over-simplified, but I think when we stop dreaming, we stop living. If we lose hope, we have lost everything.

Last weekend I read One Moment by Linda Green. I really enjoyed the book. Kaz, one of the characters, says her father said pawn shops sell hope. The hope that next will be better. What an amazing way to look at it.

That is what keeps us going. The hope that it will get better. The hope that tomorrow, or the day after that, will be better.

You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
Michelle Obama

With a very Hazy Shade of winter outside and a very bad time in history, let’s conclude with an anecdote about Michelle Obama.

It goes like this. Barack and Michelle was drinking coffee at a coffee shop in New York. A man walked by and Michelle says: “When I were at school, I had a crush on that man.” Mr President replies: “Are you not glad you married me, instead?” To which Michelle Obama answered: “If I married him, he would now be in the White House.”

It is just a story, but never underestimate the role of a life partner in your success.  As the saying goes: behind every successful man stands an astonished mother-in-law.

That is it for today.

Stay Home, Stay dry. Sty warm. Keep safe.


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