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”?


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!

  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!!

  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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