Here’s the prompt:
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ch.” Find a word that starts with “ch” and use it as your prompt word. Bonus points if you start your post with that word. Enjoy!
Ch ch ch ch changes.
“Turn and face the strange.” __David Bowie
I think I spent too much money on this mask. But it is fun. There’s also one with a dog nose. It’s rare for me to order stuff on line or impulsively, but some of the money went to animals.
But back to the prompt and changes.
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of change. I like routine. I’m not often spontaneous. I like comfort. But I also know that some changes can be good. Even better than good!
I hope that some of the changes that have come as a result of COVID become permanent even after the virus is long gone. For example, cities have made more streets car-free permanently as I wrote about in one of my “Good News Tuesday” posts.
I hope we permanently drive our cars less to give the planet more time and space to heal.
I hope we keep taking walks around the neighborhood. Me and my guy. It’s good to know your neighbors and the lay of the land within walking distance.
I hope we keep focusing more on healing and wellness instead of fighting wars.
I hope there will be no more “live animal markets” which have contributed to illness and suffering, and we realize that in most communities meat is not essential.
I hope we keep loving each other and helping each other and our communities.
I hope we keep appreciating health care workers, teachers, trash collectors, and essential services and remember the value of these people and what they do.
What changes do you hope will stay with us after COVID is history?
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1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.
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8. Have fun!
May 23, 2020 at 5:38 am
Admirable hopes. My hope would be that care should dominate Mammon – not the other way round. And perhaps the concept of service could be resuscitated.
May 23, 2020 at 10:05 am
Thank you, Derrick. I agree wholeheartedly with your well written hopes. You are a wise poet as well as a gardener and photographer.
May 23, 2020 at 10:06 am
Thank you so much, JoAnna
May 23, 2020 at 7:05 am
I share these hopes, JoAnna. I kind the mask.
May 23, 2020 at 10:06 am
Thanks, Dan, for sharing my hopes.
May 23, 2020 at 10:32 am
We are twinkies. I promise I did not cheat. I always post, then read so as not to be influenced. Though in my case, I could not get past the ear worm. I do love your mask!
May 23, 2020 at 10:34 am
And my hope is always for a better tomorrow … Priorities have definitely been shifted in the Dub household. Hoping that sticks 🙂
May 23, 2020 at 10:49 am
Priorities. I need to put them on sticky notes. 🙂 Better days reminds me of this quote by CS Lewis: “There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2016/02/13/ccslq-21-far-better-things/
May 23, 2020 at 11:25 am
Nice, thanks for the link
May 23, 2020 at 10:42 am
Thanks, Jill. I post before reading others, too. Great minds…… 🙂 It’s not a bad ear worm.
May 23, 2020 at 11:24 am
Yep one of the best 🙂
May 23, 2020 at 11:06 am
Love the mask design!
May 23, 2020 at 11:52 am
Thanks! It has been fun. 🙂
May 23, 2020 at 2:20 pm
I say “yes” to all the changes you’ve listed. What would I add? I hope we will continue to consume only what is essential and end our wasteful consumption of Earth’s natural resources.
May 23, 2020 at 2:30 pm
Thank you for adding your hope for kind and considerate consumption. I hope that with you.
May 23, 2020 at 2:44 pm
I agree with all your list of hopes.
I hope with everything opening up (too soon IMO) that there will be no backfire with an even worse spread of the virus.
May 23, 2020 at 7:34 pm
Thank you for that hope. I’m hoping with you.
May 24, 2020 at 11:44 am
May 23, 2020 at 5:44 pm
I share these hopes. And I also spent too much on our masks but two things: It is helping to keep an excellent company in business (they switched to mask making) and it was out 18th anniversary gifts to each other — 18 is the mask year, didn’t you know?
May 23, 2020 at 7:37 pm
Good points, Katie. I did not know that 18 was the mask year. Good timing, I guess.
May 24, 2020 at 12:13 am
This has got me thinking. There are several changes I’m willing to push to keep around. Driving less is definitely one of them — I still can’t believe a tank of gas has lasted me since March 10 (and there’s still about a half tank left!). I’d like to keep some of our telemedicine visits, too.
May 24, 2020 at 10:02 pm
Wow, that’s a lot of gas saved! We can do so much without driving. Zoom helps with meetings. I haven’t done telemedicine, but it makes so much sense.
May 24, 2020 at 5:04 am
The lack of pressure. I wish I could stay off work always…
Love, light and glitter
May 24, 2020 at 10:25 pm
I understand after working for many years. I wonder how much pressure I put on myself. Here’s hoping you make the most of your time off and have some good, low pressure moments even when you’re working. ❤
May 24, 2020 at 1:43 pm
Your hopes are my hopes.. Lets keep sending our love into the world and ‘change’ Hope into a reality.. ❤ Much love and many blessings.. Sending love JoAnna… as you and your man walk hand in hand.. 🙂 in love.. ❤
May 24, 2020 at 10:31 pm
Thanks, Sue. Changing hope into reality is a grand and beautiful vision. I can see it! I can feel it! Sending love and hugs. 🙂 ❤
May 26, 2020 at 1:20 pm
May 25, 2020 at 5:58 am
Your mask is adorable and worth the price for the fun it brings. I think the planet is benefiting from many of the changes COVID has brought about. Let’s hope unnecessary commuting will lessen forever – more working from home, less air travel, more zoom conferencing etc
May 25, 2020 at 8:54 pm
Yes! More zooming and less driving. I’m glad you like the mask. The price was worth it. 🙂