The best present ever, I think, is waking up to another day with people I love. It looks like I’m getting the best present ever again today.
Do you see the best present ever as I present today’s images to you?
It’s a present to me that I’m just now seeing that today is No “L” Day (which I’m presently realizing is a pun). If I had seen that before I started writing today’s blog, I might have felt compelled to leave L’s the hell out.
On the first anniversary of my NOtable husband Michael and I saying “YES” in marriage, I am publishing a NO post. Want to kNOw why?
As of this writing, our NOt-too-longer NOxious President has said NO to extending unemployment benefits to millions of people. He has said NO to people in need like NObody else I can remember. I’m so glad we said NO to a second term for him.
Do you NOtice any NOs (or sNOw) in today’s images?
There were NO likes on some of my tweets and NO cilantro on Michael’s Mexican lasagna, but NO worries, regrets, or judgment here.
When Michael and I got married a year ago today, we would have said “NO” if the justice of the peace had asked if we wanted a religious ceremony, but she did NOt ask.
It makes NO difference to me; I would NOt change a thing.
What are your thoughts, feelings, and other NOtions about this NO post? NOte that comments go below.
I’m left with NOthing but gratitude for all the NOurshing blessings in my life, including YOU!
Last night, Michael, Aaron (who remains at our home near Boston while he attends his final year at University of Edinburgh online), and I were talking about how politicians were trying to remain in power by using fear. Michael said, “Well, as Joseph Conrad said, ‘When all other feelings are gone, fear remains.’ When I asked, “Doesn’t love remain?”, Michael and Aaron remained agreed as they swiftly replied, “NO.”
As that conversation remains in my heart, head, and soul today, I just googled “Joseph Conrad quote about fear” and found this:
“The wicked people were gone, but fear remained. Fear always remains. A man may destroy everything within himself, love and hate and belief, and even doubt; but as long as he clings to life he cannot destroy fear: the fear, subtle, indestructible, and terrible, that pervades his being; that tinges his thoughts; that lurks in his heart; what watches on his lips the struggle of his last breath.”
― Joseph Conrad
I’m hoping that in the struggle of my last breath, love remains.
There are many quotes from Chadwick Boseman that remain, including this one from the acceptance speech he gave when Black Panther won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards:
“To be young, gifted and Black, we all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured,” he said. “Yet, you are young, gifted and Black. We know what it’s like to be told to say there is not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on.
“We know what it’s like to be a tail and not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above. And that is what we went to work with every day because we knew, not that we would be around during awards season and that it would make a billion dollars, but we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world. That we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing. That we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see.”
What remains for you after reading this post?
For me, gratitude always remains, so thanks to all who helped me create this post, including YOU.