Day 408: Relief

I’m in Panama City!

I wanted to show you an image of Panama City  —  a huge, gleaming, bustling, vibrant, fabulous and dazzling urban landscape —  but WordPress (or SOMETHING) is preventing this1 from happening this morning.

It’s not MY fault, is what I’m trying to say.  So that’s a relief.

Panama City is white and shining, with surprising accents of colored illuminations.  That also describes a place of snow and ice, punctuated by lingering Christmas lights. But it’s not.  So that’s a relief.

From the comments I got on yesterday’s post, I know (1) there’s no pressure to post on my vacation and (2) people are happy to receive what I can give.  So that’s a relief.

My traveling companion, Peggy, tells me that the plane we’re taking today to Boquete may be a more familiar size than I expected.

I bet you thought I was going to write “So that’s a relief.”

Me, too.

However, I realize this: I am ready for anything, with no investment in the outcome, thanks to a lot of people.

That, to me, is the very definition of “relief.”

Well, I usually try to end my posts with some sort of visual punch, but that’s not a possibility today.

I know! I’ll ask for help.

Everybody, reading out there? Please, take a moment, and a breath.

What images come to your mind, in response to the word “relief”?

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Feel free to describe and share.

Thanks to everybody who has ever felt any kind of relief of any sort2 and to you — of course! — for reading today.


1 Other things that are slow or not working at all, here in WordPress/Panama City: my usual way of creating a new post, adding links to previous posts, adding tags, and saving post drafts. I will be very surprised if this post publishes this morning. But you know what? That’s okay. (Pssst! It’s another relief!)

2 One of my more blatant attempts to include EVERYBODY in my expressions of gratitude, don’t you think?

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30 thoughts on “Day 408: Relief

  1. A smile is a relief for me… my own or of someone else’s whom I care about or of anyone as long as it is jolly and unpretentious.

  2. A hot cup of tea is relief to me 🙂

  3. Be safe and have fun, Ann.

  4. Right now, the picture that I tie to ‘relief’ features you, Ann, enjoying Panama, not caring that WordPress won’t publish a photo. Imagine the great treasure trove you’ll have to share with us way down the road, when you’re back home to the Boston winter.

  5. A smile — and your word — relief — made me smile. How lovely!
    enjoy.

  6. I don’t know how to quantify relief. But I know it when I feel it.

    Glad your trip is off to a fun start!

  7. Have fun out there!

  8. Gene Phillips

    Just have fun (and look at the beautiful birds that I am sure are there). Relief is discovering that I had actually done something I thought i still had to do.

  9. So glad you are there in paradise, Ann! When I saw your title “relief” I assumed it referred to the plane ride being behind you – and I thought the last leg of your trip might have been in a small plane. That adventure, it turns out, is still before you. Can’t wait to hear about it.

    My visual of “relief” flashed back more than a decade to the feeling of tearing off pantyhose after a long day at work. Repeated thousands of times, this became a defining high point in retrospect.
    Kind of pathetic, huh?

  10. Where you are going is so beautiful. Yummy, coffee too! 🙂 I know you’ll have a great time.

  11. Glad to know you are feeling relieved! Glad to know you are enjoying the magic of a new place – its exciting to hear!!
    Xoxo

  12. Seeing your familiar camel face over a happy post from Panama; that’s what relief looks like to me.

  13. I think being somewhere special you deserve not to fret one minute! I have a picture in my mind, of you just savoring and basking in the warmth and beauty surrounding you, Ann! Smiles, Robin

  14. Have a blast!, you’ve earned it.

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