Halftime

Photo by Katrina Berban on Unsplash


It’s the last day of the 6th month of the year. We’re officially at halftime.

I don’t think any of us still under the illusion that 2022 is going to make up for 2020 and 2021.

Your dumpster fire may vary.

Still, here at halftime it’s good to take a break and review the last six months before the marching band takes the field.

I do miss a good marching band. But since we don’t see those on TV much anymore, I’ll just take a look back at my personal last six months. You can go with me, or hit the concession stand and be back for the second half tomorrow.

I started the year with My Three Words for 2022.
My words are Recover, Read, Rise. I’m working on all three. Recovery is taking a little longer than I’d hoped. I mean, I am grateful that the cancer is gone, but the after effects of forty-seven years of house arrest and a summer of radiation still linger. It’s getting better. Slowly. As for reading…I’m working on it, and I continue to attempt to rise to each occasion as it…um…arises.

In January, while I don’t post a lot over there, I rejoined the ranks of Bearing Drift:

The Write Side Shop

You Might as Well Say It.

In March, I lamented with the rest of you that live is pretty heavy these days:
Though Weary, I Will Yet Rise.

In April, I took a walk down memory lane
RETRO WEEK: We Are Family

In fact the whole week was RETRO WEEK as we were spending it watching the dolphins play in the surf.

I ended RETRO WEEK with a list of the Short Stories I’ve been working on for another, yet undisclosed, project: RETRO WEEK: Short Story Fridays.

Later in April I decided to focus on one major project at a time…well, in addition to the day job, the blog, the 100 Day Project…anyway…it worked: A Decision Was Almost Made Here.

By May I was talking about the decisions that got me where I am today: Decision Points.

Also in May, my doctor said to me “No disease detected.” Beers All Around.

In what just seems to be a time of far too many funerals, we said goodbye to a dear friend: Enough.

Following the latest school shooting, we got the usual round of snarking about “Thoughts and Prayers.” I asked: But, Did you really Pray?

And with even more difficult news, I stop to think that maybe the best way to deal with things is to turn off the media. I can’t be responsible for carrying the burden of the world. Neither can you: How Much Can You Carry?

In the best of all worlds, and following up on that one project at a time theme, I published my first childrens’ book last Friday: It’s Alive

Thanks to those who have purchased. And, if you did, it would be a great favor if you could leave a review on Amazon.

Earlier this week I talked about things that “have” to be done vs. our passions: Fireworks and Passions.

When you look back like this, no matter what the crap of the day flavor might be, it doesn’t look so bad.

Am I where I said I would be when I set goals back in January. Well, yes and no.

And that’s okay.

We’re halfway through the year. Let’s not cheat ourselves by wishing for 2023 to get here any sooner than it has to.

It’s halftime.

Take a breath. Use the restroom. Visit the concession stand.

Get back to your seat before the band leaves the field.

And never stop believin’…



BORN ON THIS DAY

1917 – Susan Hayward, American actress (d. 1975)
1917 – Lena Horne, American actress, singer, and activist (d. 2010)
1956 – David Alan Grier, American actor, singer, and comedian
1959 – Vincent D’Onofrio, American actor
1966 – Mike Tyson, American boxer and actor

THINGS YOU SHOULD READ

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The people who have accused me of inciting violence are now calling for violence
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Top Biden Officials Reveal Plans To Continue Pushing Climate Agenda If Supreme Court Blocks EPA
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BENEDICTION

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:15-17

1 comment

    • Susan Kitchin on July 11, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Not my circus, not my monkeys has been my mantra for a couple of years. Makes for more internal peace, for sure!
    The pandemic was not too bad for me, personally; got a remote job, and we stayed home for the most part, except for Mass and a few outings, from Feb. 2020, until the end of 2021. We sold the house and finally moved back home to South MS after 15 years of threatening, and it has done wonders for our minds, souls, and attitudes. It has been very peaceful, having a view of the Pascagoula River over my laptop as I worked.
    Was laid off the remote job in early May, and if all goes well, I’ll be going back to an office, with the possibility of remote, or at least hybrid work a couple of months down the line.
    I’m truly disgusted at the country’s public health officials at the lost opportunity to encourage people to change their diets and lifestyles, which would have truly helped their immunity to the virus, especially since Covid is endemic, and here to stay. We lost some family members who may not have died as soon otherwise, but you never know.
    Again, not my circus…

    Glad you came out on the other side of the pandemic more healthy than when it began!

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