Here I am two weeks out from my next blog post and I can’t decide what it’ll be on.
I feel like I’m staring at a restaurant menu. Whether everything looks great or nothing looks good, I’m having a hard time choosing. So, let’s get into it and see what happens. So often things become clearer as I write about them. You too?
Ramadan, the month-long Muslim holiday begins this year on May 16, the post date I’m aiming to fill as I sit here in late April. I like it when a post coincides with an actual holiday since holidays are a large part of understanding cultural differences. Those of you who have been with me awhile might remember My Ramadan post of two years ago, where I took on the Ramadan fast. To stay with my menu metaphor, I’ve eaten that dish before and I know, at least, that I want to try something new.
May contains a wealth of other holidays: May Day on the 1st, Cinco de Mayo on the 5th, Mother’s Day on the 13th, and Memorial Day on the 28th this year. I posted on Mother’s Day in 2015, of the commercial gold mine that has risen from its sad history. And none of the others grab me; I’ll wait until they each fall on a Wednesday (post day).
May 18th is the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring and it’d be fun to write about Alexander Dupcek and what he meant around the world for
the democracy movement liberalization within the Communist party. In fact, this would fit nicely as my May contribution to those monthly “Fifty Years Ago” posts I’ve been doing this year. I’m sorely tempted.
But no. I’ll not choose the Prague Spring. Somehow, the political fervor of those times is not calling to me — probably because we’ve got enough political fervor here at home at the moment. Besides, this story will fall better into the “Fifty Years Ago” theme come August when we can look at the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia that brought an end to the Prague Spring, a sad day in history. I wonder what folks will be writing about our state of affairs in 50 years’ time.
On a more positive note, the week of May 14 through 18 is “National Old Friends/New Friends Week.” I’d love to learn more about this and use it to celebrate my friends, old and new. I could probably find a YouTube of the old kids’ song, “Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other, gold.” Research is one of my favorite parts of writing this blog. Of course, the only research I’m doing at the moment is reading my calendar. And again, I’ll pass on this one too, because …
August 5th is National Friendship Day and I plan to talk about friendship then. (It’s one of the running themes in my memoir.) But, for those interested in featuring this special day on their own blog, here’s the link to their website.
Current events are always a possibility for And So It Goes.
This is the part of the metaphor where the waiter is getting impatient. The rest of my party is ready to order and the pressure is on.
And poof, just like that, my metaphor is gone. Replacing it is a memory: we’ve recently returned from two years in the Peace Corps, and I’m standing in front of the dairy section of the area’s largest food store. Fat free? 1%, 2%, lactose free? (what exactly is that in milk, anyway?) — you’ve been there. I’m overwhelmed and I haven’t even looked at the butter yet.
This coincides nicely with a growing body of research that having too many choices makes us miserable, which follows nicely from last week’s post on the value of gratitude in finding happiness. The slew of articles — thanks to TED.com’s blog — tell us that the simple act of making the damned decision is all that is needed to bring a sense of elation (however tiny). Just “pick one” and go with it. OK.
My decision is made. My blog post for May 16 is done. I’m happy. Maybe even elated; I can’t be sure.
How about you? How are you with making decisions?
NEXT WEEK: ANOTHER LOOK AT CULTURAL DIVERSITY as we celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity.
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