Spring has been so busy and all within the small and lovely scope of home, family, friends, and work. The busyness has sort of given me writer’s block, although not exactly. I’ve been hammering away at my novel in progress. It’s my blogs that have been cause for concern, especially this one. I want to be sure that it's focus is clear.
When I wrote my first book, our sons were little and Lebanon was still recovering from its long civil war. Many friends and families were worried and upset. The book was an emotional journey for me and I didn’t publish it right away. It wasn’t until several years later, while trying to promote “Let Us Not Live in Ignorance,” that it became obvious to me that many cross-cultural misunderstandings and issues had not changed very much. I even realized that I held latent anxiety from our sons’ school days and from my own family’s immigrant history. My blog was born.
Obviously, the world has not calmed down, far from it. Poor Middle East – so much grandeur, so much history, so much strife. The same could be said of other regions, of course. For those of us living in a more stable environment, well, all things are relative. Make no mistake, progressive countries have their own sets of troubles and worries, always have and always will. There’s also surely a lot we average citizens don’t know.
But it won’t help to worry about what we don’t know, now, will it? I don’t care much for politics; I’m certainly not going to write about them. Our boys have grown up and I’ve settled down, as have most of my contemporaries. Time and age can be remarkable equalizers. Despite life’s ups and downs, maybe even in part because of them, I can’t seem to summon much angst nowadays.
I’m religious, but I’m not interested in preaching to the choir. I love this beautiful world God has given us and the wondrous variety it offers. History, romance, nature, the seasons… There’s so much to learn, to enjoy, so much for us to absorb, to share, to appreciate. As humans, we share commonalities despite our many differences. Furthermore, the history of the world, up until this very moment, is infinitely cross-cultural.
That’s the bottom line of this blog, that's my focus. We are all in this together and for that, we can be glad. Let's enjoy.
Surely, the past, present, and future connect in this miraculous state we call life. In this light, history and all human experience are ever-present. Wouldn't it be nice, then, if we could enjoy each other, if we could appreciate and celebrate our differences? Let us love! Let us have fun. Let us toast each other and wish each other well. Now, in our awareness, is the time to be happy, to do our best, to live fully to our purest, highest standards.