With little to say, I find some small refuge in the words of others.

[The word balance] seems to speak as much to being stuck and immovable, as much as to harmony. There is also the sense of unbalancing that must take place in order to push a person into a new and larger set of circumstances.

— English poet and philosopher David Whyte

It’s been a hell of a year.  I haven’t been able to look at any stories of shelter pets being hurt or killed this week so I have nothing to write for the blog.  But I didn’t want to just go dark so I looked in my drafts folder to see if anything was swirling around and I found this.  I saved it one year ago.  I believe my intention at the time was to examine the quote in terms of its relevance to shelter reform.  Today, when I find myself lacking, I am glad to come across this quote and to observe its relevance in a different way.  I thought some of you might enjoy it too.

I realize this is not the type of post most of you come here to read.  In consideration of that, I won’t prattle on.  Suffice to say, I am lost and afraid and deeply saddened.  But I am not alone.  We are not alone.  The only thing I feel certain of right now, is the importance of remaining connected to one another.  This I know.  Stay together, no matter what.

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18 thoughts on “With little to say, I find some small refuge in the words of others.

  1. Thank you for posting this and reminding us that we are not alone. I have never been so scared in all my long life but your post definitely helps. Thank you again so much.

  2. Our four-legged friends don’t care about Politics. They want what we want: love. Keep up the good work, what you do is far more valuable than any Political Narrative.

  3. I have not read Nevil Shute’s ON THE BEACH since I was a teenager (a very long time ago) but I feel it’s time I did. I have reserved a copy to be sent to my local branch library.

  4. Right there with you Shirley. Cried myself to sleep for an hour Tuesday night. Lost all faith in humanity. The one shred of hope I had came yesterday from Douglas Anthony Cooper’s Huff Post blog. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/douglas-anthony-cooper/the-electoral-college-was_b_12897066.html Because once again it seems the Electoral college screws us. Atleast it helps to know I am not alone because right now. It sure feels that way.

  5. Thank you Shirley – you are a comfort – We need a Love – alution (I heard the term on Public Radio while I was driving around in the fog literally and mentally last night) Also Leonard Cohen passed – my sincere gratitude for him and sympathy to his family, friends and fans. His last offering I believe entitled “do you want it darker” is simply beautiful.

    Thank you to all who comment here – it helps.

    1. For all who are mourning the loss and celebrating the life and gifts of Leonard Cohen, if you have not gotten to today’s installment of Brain Pickings yet you may want to make it your next stop.

      There Is a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In:
      Leonard Cohen on Democracy and Its Redemptions



      A couple days ago I spent some hours listening to many artists’ renditions of Hallelujah. My favorite is by the Pentatonix:

  6. One last comment from me today, I came across a rolled up speech I had purchased at the Pike Street Market in Seattle quite a few years ago entitled “Chief Seattle’s Unanswered Challenge”

    On the rolled up poster it reads, “This speech was given in January of 1855 by Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe. It was addressed to Issac Stevens, Governor of Washington Territory and Superintendant of Indian Affairs, in response to the Indians being forced to sign treaties and move to reservations.”

    I would write the entire speech (it’s 16 paragraphs if I count correctly)
    It starts out

    “Yonder sky has wept tears of compassion on my people for centuries untold….[and it ends]…The white man will never be alone! Let the white man be just and deal kindly with my people, for the dead are not powerless! Dead, did I say? There is no death – only a change of worlds!”

    The in between of his speech is powerful, beautiful and hopeful.

  7. You speak for many of us, Shirley. It’s a dark time for our country and for humanity. But we are not alone and together we will forge through the darkness. God bless

  8. I echo everyone’s comments. It is a scary time, indeed. I’m still saddened by the turn of events. Difficult to be hopeful now – when I was SO hopeful before Tuesday. So grateful for my pups who bring me great joy and comfort

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