Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “opposites.” Use the word “opposites” or write about things that are opposites. Have fun!
It’s a good topic. Thanks, Linda. Though yes, I know, it’s a prompt, not really a topic in the SoC world. I don’t really believe in opposites. Oh, I know they exist – up/down, in/out, black/white…. But most things are somewhere in the middle. I don’t really like the opposite ends of the poles. We have enough polarization.
You might say, “but middle of the road is boring.” I don’t mean we all need to be smack dab in the middle. There are lots of colors in between black and white. Lots of places between up and down. It’s all relative. A person can be an antivaxer and still be a good person. Like maybe they like dogs for example. Dogs are a great uniter. I know people on the other end of the political spectrum from me who like dogs. It’s a bit baffling, but then, dogs are great. Unless you’re one of those people who don’t like dogs which I don’t understand. But maybe you have some good quality that I like or can relate to.
They say opposites attract. I’ve written about that before, about how David and I are opposite, or very different in some of our personality traits. But opposite isn’t the best word for that. We complement each other in that he is more of an extrovert, very practical, precise (except when he uses sarcasm which I kinda hate) and not very imaginative when it comes to seeing dogs in clouds. But he has a lot more energy than me, we both love dogs, and he’s learned to like Mama Cat. He’s a good guy. We have similar values when it comes to spirituality, politics and lifestyle.
Going back to in or out, maybe we want to sit on the fence, though that is not always comfortable. If Santa comes down the chimney, I hope he doesn’t get stuck in the spiderwebs. Yuck. That happened in the Hobbit movie. (Spiderwebs, not Santa coming down the chimney.) That’s one of the parts I don’t pay much attention to till the Elves come. I always watch the elf parts. What does that have to do with opposites? Are elves and dwarves opposites in LOTR? (The plural could also be dwarfs.) They are very different, but they fought together against the orcs. I don’t watch the orc parts either, until the elves come.
The point is, we can always find some kind of common ground whether it’s dogs, or fighting the dark side…. But what if someone is on the dark side? They probably don’t know it. Or maybe they do. Darth Vader was on the dark side, but there was still good in him, and the good won.
Speaking of good, I should rap this up and wish you peace on earth and good will to all, as in everyone being blessed. God bless us all, everyone!
Here’s Sam’s speech about there’s still good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. Not fighting with violence, necessarily, but fighting to find the good, working for peace, or just putting one foot in front of the other, or giving a kind word of encouragement.
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December 18, 2021 at 9:38 am
I look forward to your posts. What you write showcases what is ‘still good in the world’. 😊 Thank-you.
December 18, 2021 at 8:27 pm
Thank you, Rose. I’m honored that you look forward to my posts. After reading this stream, I started to wonder if I write too much about the same things, so your feedback means a lot to me. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. 🙂
December 18, 2021 at 10:47 am
I agree, JoAnna. Opposites exist, but we can always find middle or common ground.
Yes, I love dogs and cats and all manner of animals, so I hope that makes me a good person most days. Have a wonderful weekend and holiday!
December 18, 2021 at 8:39 pm
I think you are a good person every day, Mary. We all have our occasional moments of darkness. Dogs and cats are great for bringing good people back to the light. Merry Christmas!
December 18, 2021 at 11:08 am
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December 18, 2021 at 9:14 pm
December 19, 2021 at 9:59 am
Always with a great pleasure, and best wishes! xx Michael
December 19, 2021 at 8:05 pm
Best wishes to you, Michael. 🙂
December 18, 2021 at 12:01 pm
So beautifully stated, JoAnna. Thank you for existing in the big beautiful middle of the spectrum!
December 18, 2021 at 9:16 pm
Thank you, Maggie. I’m so very glad you liked this post. I am mostly in the middle, with a few areas of exception.
December 19, 2021 at 9:20 am
The middle is a good stable place to hang out, I think.
December 18, 2021 at 2:08 pm
So true, JoAnna, opposites do exist but “we can always find some kind of common ground.” Thanks for sharing that powerful scene from The Lord of the Rings. As Sam reminds us all: “There’s good in this world and it’s worth fighting for.”
December 18, 2021 at 9:33 pm
I’m glad this resonated with you, Rosaliene. Thank you for zeroing in on the common ground and Sam’s message. May the good in this world find you in abundance.
December 19, 2021 at 1:01 pm
December 18, 2021 at 2:53 pm
Wonderful message, JoAnna. The world would be nicer if everyone were focusing on commonalities! 🙂
December 18, 2021 at 9:35 pm
Thanks, Cheryl. I’m glad you like the message. We can acknowledge our differences and celebrate diversity but focusing on our commonalities would be a lot nicer. 🙂
December 18, 2021 at 8:07 pm
It’s amazing how opposites can compliment each other.
December 18, 2021 at 9:39 pm
True! Opposites can give us balance with gentle acceptance.
December 19, 2021 at 7:06 am
Very sound stance
December 19, 2021 at 7:55 pm
Thank you, very much, Derrick.
December 19, 2021 at 10:11 am
I like this idea, Joanna. I often describe myself as “allergic” to extremes. One thing good about maturity and growing older and wiser is that you not only begin to see the grey areas of life but you begin to live within them.
December 19, 2021 at 8:16 pm
Thank you for this insight, Evelyn. Growing older and wiser does allow us to recognize the abundance of grey areas and all their interesting possibilities.
December 19, 2021 at 6:45 pm
My husband and I have been re-watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy again. Sam’s speech is one of my favorites. The other one I really like is when Frodo questions why this all happened to him and Gandolf says people just have to do the best they can with what they have been given or something like that. It does feel right now that we are living through very challenging, hard times.
December 19, 2021 at 8:27 pm
There’s so much wisdom and courage in the LOTR books and movies. I love the quote by Gandalf about how it’s the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk keep the darkness at bay.
December 19, 2021 at 11:56 pm
I believe Tolkien wrote the book during WWII with his son in mind. The darkness was the Nazis.
December 20, 2021 at 8:54 pm
I suspected that and wondered if the eagles represented the Americans.
December 24, 2021 at 1:47 pm
Not sure about that but I really like the eagles.
December 24, 2021 at 9:59 pm
Me, too. It’s such a huge relief when the eagles come to the rescue. They are powerful and majestic.
December 20, 2021 at 12:01 am
I just looked it up. I don’t think he liked the Nazis but the LOTR was inspired by his experiences with war in WWI.
December 20, 2021 at 8:56 pm
Thanks for the clarification. His stories are so epic.
December 22, 2021 at 9:40 am
“The point is, we can always find some kind of common ground whether it’s dogs, or fighting the dark side…. But what if someone is on the dark side? They probably don’t know it. Or maybe they do. Darth Vader was on the dark side, but there was still good in him, and the good won.”……
Excellent Point….. Here’s to Light over Darkness… Good over Evil…. and Unity Consciousness..
Happy Holidays JoAnna… Love and best wishes ❤
December 22, 2021 at 8:52 pm
It’s so nice to hear from you, Sue! I hope you are well. Thank you for adding your love and light with simple eloquence. ❤ Happy Holidays!
December 26, 2021 at 5:40 am
Bright Blessings, much love returned… And all the best for 2022.. ❤