Wishing you the peace of yet

December 23, 2007 by barbara

barbara writes

It’s an interesting time in Bloghalla. Even the most cynical among us (what?—you haven’t noticed cynicism?) seem to be ratcheting down the tone a bit. Maybe it’s about these long, cold nights and short, gray days. Tends to sap the vitriol. Makes some of us cranky, others of us melancholy. Or maybe it’s about the-holiday-whose-name-cannot-be-spoken mayhem. Possibly we’re just worn down by the oppressive, toxic political environment. Ditto the toxic environment, period.

Whatever the reason, we’re entering the reflective, end-of-year-pondering season.

In our household, we seek balance between Christmas cookies and Boost. Between living in the moment and anticipating whatever comes next with the upcoming cycle of chemo treatments. Between not-so-good days/hours/moments and their “doing okay, thanks” counterparts. Even in the duel with cancer, life is good. Blessed are they who so lovingly support us in this, for they shall be called angels.

Take, for example, the gift that egregious gave readers of her blog. It’s the gift of *yet*, which transforms brick walls and closed doors to something quite other. Please click to read more.

In the language of yet:

“I can’t do that” becomes “I can’t do that...yet.”

And then there’s this—my personal favorite:

“We don’t have the answers" becomes "We don't have the answers…yet.”

Praise Mayo Clinic, the National Cancer Institute, the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine and all the others guided by yet.

egregious closes this way:

Whatever your tradition, you can tap into the message of hope for the future. Believe in something better, and take the first tiny steps in that direction. Amazing things can happen.

She’s right, you know. Politics. Relationships. Environmental healing. Social justice. Cancer. Believe in something better. Which translates into hope.

Wishing you all a peaceful, hope-filled Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa – whatever your tradition.


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egregious (not verified) | December 24, 2007 - 7:27am

Wishing you peace of mind, contentment of heart, love of friends and family, and hope for the future.

We are not where we need to be...yet.


paul miller (not verified) | December 25, 2007 - 8:57am

George Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld et al have not been tried for their crimes.......yet


barbara says (not verified) | December 25, 2007 - 10:13am

Didn't I tell you that "yet" is a gift? :-)


NeoLotus (not verified) | December 26, 2007 - 2:13pm

"Beyond Hope" by Derrick Jensen (http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/170/) is a very good read. I came by from an article posted at www.carolynbaker.net. Personally, I'm less interested in having "hope" than I am in finding a means to act.


barbara says (not verified) | December 26, 2007 - 6:36pm

Hey, there, NeoL. Thanks for the link to the Orion piece. Actually moved me to finally follow through on gifting a couple of folks with it, post-Christmas.

Very thought-provoking article on hope. But you know what? I don't see hope and action as being mutually exclusive. For starters, it's a pretty fuzzy line between hope and faith. Not certain where I am on that, frankly, but maybe that's the essence of human struggle.

I view hope as forward-looking and not necessarily linked to fear. I get the part about the potential to become so mired in the theoretical (hope) that one can be immobilized. And yeah, there's a lot of that going on re Democrats recapturing Congress and the White House (ergo, the DOJ, the DOD, the State Department, Camp David, Air Force One and Barney's kennel).

I also get that hoping isn't sufficient to ameliorate environmental threat and damage. That's a very now situation.

Cancer? That's harder. Because once the diagnosis is in place, much (though not all) of it is/seems out of one's agency, as the Orion article refers to it. Yes, there are things to be done. Exercise, nutrition, seeking best possible caregivers, complying with what makes sense, questioning what doesn't, trying to step outside the box of one's own life to view any missed possibilities. But there is much of this struggle that falls into such a great unknown in a condensed time period (tick tock) that it is tempting, and perhaps imperative, to throw it out to the universe for an assist.

Hope is not always for miracles. It is for wisdom, insight, bright ideas, novel approaches, strength to persevere, to crack the code and make something positive happen. The hope is for what we cannot see, i.e., medical researchers who are bold and inventive and creative and positioned in such a way that their ideas have clout. New ways of looking at old things. BTW, an excellent book with applications beyond the world of medicine is Groopman's "How Doctors Think."

Surely all of this applies equally to environmental issues. And in my own small way, I do consider myself an environmentalist. Much of what I know about that I have learned from David. So I hope his story continues to unfold. That's the passive part. I am kicking ass every way I can think to and even those I can't to ensure that that happens.

Blah blah blah.

I think I should have dragged your comment and my response upstairs. This is a very worthwhile thing we're noodling here.