According to an article in today's WaPo, I'm not the only one going around under a cloud of doom and gloom.
Still, it was a fun weekend, with dinner with a grad school classmate visiting from Brussels (we figured that this was the first time we'd met in the US since graduation, though we've met up in Nairobi, Paris, Geneva, and twice in Brussels), a day in Antietam and environs with JMK, and then meeting up with another friend visiting from Cairo. It was a beautiful fall weekend.
I was thinking the other day how much I enjoy working in downtown Takoma Park. I regularly make the rounds at the bank, the post office, and the CVS, and occasional forays to neighborhood restaurants. We will definitely be returning to Middle Eastern Cuisine where I've ordered the same dish so often that the wait staff already knows what I want. (beef shwarma with extra rice)
On October 20th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Why the doom & gloom? Isn't your sense of spirituality supposed to help with that? Specifically with respect to prayer. A sense of peace and contentment in the face of circumstances that should drive one bats is (or ought to be) the main reason a person needs God in this life. Eschatological needs & rewarsd are a whole other issue, of course, but if one's religion doesn't keep one on an even keel in this existence, it kind of makes it harder to hope in the next, I would think.
I don't mean to suggest religion as an opiate. But if one has an outlook that includes God as good, just, sovereign, and all that, then that should provide some solace, even optimism, in the midst of uncertain times.
If that doesn't work, find some good happy music. Try "Walking on Sunshine," or Graceland.