All at once,
The world can overwhelm me
There’s almost nothin’ that you could tell me
That could ease my mind
Today, I’m going to exercise some poetic licence – in a couple of very different ways. In a literal sense, I’ll be quoting a famous person’s poem. In a less obvious “poetic” sense, I’ll be straying from the topic of personal finance.
That quote above invoked some feelings, right? What about this next verse?
Which way will you run
When it’s always all around you
And the feelin’ lost and found you again
A feelin’ that we have no control
Did that strengthen those thoughts? I know I’ve been feeling all this since the middle of March.
What if I told you that this poem isn’t about what you think it is?
What if I told you that this was written more than a decade ago?
(What if I told you that I’m going to stop asking these rhetorical questions?)
There’s gonna be the new hell
It’s still too early to tell
It really ain’t no myth at all
I don’t know if this is a “new hell”, but sometimes it can feel like that, right?
Recently our government has said that this situation was “too early to tell” and it was a myth/hoax.
I wanna take the preconceived
Out from underneath your feet
We could shake it off
Instead we’ll plant some seeds
We’ll watch em’ as they grow
And with each new beat
From your heart the roots grow deeper
The branches will they reach for what
Nobody really knows
But underneath it all
There’s this heart all alone
Did I take the preconceived out from underneath your feet?
This “poem” is not really a poem. These are song lyrics.
The song is “All at Once” and it was written by Jack Johnson in 2008.
It’s about climate change, not COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Today is Earth Day. It’s the best day of the year to write about our solar panels. They are still a great value – one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
This may not be the time to focus on the environment. The strange thing is that it’s okay. Physical distancing and closing of businesses is helping the environment more than almost anything we’ve done in the past. For example, Los Angeles has some of the cleanest air of any major city.
We’re learning that we can make a big difference – even if it’s by accident. It certainly isn’t the path that we would have picked if we had a choice. However, the results are stunning. We’re finally making progress for the first time in decades.
It’s very difficult to find silver linings during this time. For one day, or even a few minutes, let’s focus on this one.