Well you know how I said how hard it was to live without internet access for a while….well we went electricity free for 36 hours thanks to a burnt out single phase fuse box……
So picture this, dark house illuminated with the flickering flames of candlelight, a sick child, and no power……
Harking back to the dim dark ages, this was a time when a good sense of humour, a ready supply of tissues and some warm hugs, kept us going. (Not that any of that helped the food that became inedible during this time….). But it did make us appreciate how much we take the simple tricks of turning on a light to read, or to heat up your food.
During the long cold night, as I nursed my child, I realised that I was reliving a scene that was happening around the world, Mothers caring for sick children by candlelight, where access to power and medicine is limited. We live a comfortable life in the first world, where access to clean water, electricity and medicine is not hampered by war, strife, natural disaster. I wonder how many of us stop and give thanks for these modern conveniences?
I know I do, each and every day now!
My fourteen year old cat, lies panting, extremely distressed and on the edge. Her immune system has been severely compromised, and she’s just hanging in there. My dear old cat, she’s been with me through a lot, so I’m with her now. How long it will take to get through this, I don’t know, all I know is that she and I have gone through a lot together, and tonight we’ll go through more.
Her years of companionship have seen the death of my father (who gave her to me), my marriage, becoming a Mum, the loss of our dearly beloved older male cat, too many moves, and countless houses, to my own fight last year. She’s seen it all, and kept up the cat dignity through it all. But now even that seems to have gone, as she tries her best to fight her way back.
Whether she lives or dies tonight, we’ll be there for her, as she has been here for us.
I’ve been reading the work of Marcus Aurelius and I came across this sentence which I wanted to share:
Examine men’s ruling principles, even those of the wise, what kind of things they avoid, and what kind they pursue.
By Marcus Aurelius written 167 A.C.E.
I still think it’s relevant today, as it was when it first written….
From one of my favourite authors, something to ponder on…..
“Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.
To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.
To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.
To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.
To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.”
Ah the joy of this technology paced life, is that for those of us who are already behind the eight ball, when our tech dies, there’s nothing still existing that can replace it.
I admit freely that I am not current with the latest and greatest Iwidgets or Cyborg functioning AI’s – so when the trusty, very old (for now) modem of mine decided it was time to leave this plane of existence and transcend to where old electronics go, then I was stuck. Left hanging in the space that exists for those of us, not embracing the digital waves, and having to old school it.
Going this way was fun, I got to interact with real live human beings, not someone’s inbox, but someone face to face. I caught up, I laughed, I experiences first hand, what life was like before the net intruded over me, and caught me fast.
Imagine that….if you can……it was different, strange and yet comforting all the same.