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December 31, 2012

Slowing Down

Filed under: Odds 'n ends — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:06 pm

totallygroovygirl has been noticing that things are slowing down. Perhaps she is just getting older, but this part of the cycle, the winter portion, the contraction, is in some ways very fast. Things are completely different from just 4 years ago in 2008, but also very slow. And the changes from 2001 are dramatic. Getting anything done, especially in government and business, is pain-painstakingly slow. For the young, it is frustrating. For those without the understanding of cycles, it seems that this new way is always how it will be from now on. And that can be soul crushing.

It reminds groovygirl of the book, To Kill A Mockingbird. Not only a great book about changing social issues, but an excellent description of life during the Depression in rural America.

Here is a quote from the first few opening paragraphs:

Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer’s day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.

People moved slowly then. They ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of the stores around it, took their time about everything. A day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer. There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.

Lately the days seem to drag on longer, as nothing seems much to happen, specially in Washington. The busy days of buying things to keep our minds occupied is gone, since there is no money, and nothing of substance to replace “stuff”. There is a slowness mixed with what some may call vague optimism, but others call fear. It definitely is hotter!

This may depress some people, but for gg it is further evidence of The Winter Cycle. And cycles do end, turning into the next cycle.

For those used to 24-hour, 7-day a week moving forward, slowing down is very uncomfortable. People lose or maybe have never known themselves apart from consumerism, materialism, and an advancing place in business or education. This is the true test of character. Perhaps this is why our society is fractured. Political and social value extremes easily pass for character on the surface. So does money.

Let us use this cycle of slowness in uncertainty to discover the essence our character as individuals and a nation.  And if you are lacking examples, as I am sure you are judging from the media, the character of Attius Finch in the book To Kill A Mockingbird is a perfect place to start.

This is totallygroovygirlfriday’s wish for the new year.



  1. GG,

    The slowing down is all post-election. Businesses were buying & hiring because they just knew Romney would win.

    Now reality sets in (again).


    Comment by Lemming — December 31, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  2. Another nice post, GG. I sense the soul of an artist … we need more of them. My best for the new year.

    Comment by Phaedrus — December 31, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

  3. Thank you for such a lovely post this morning, GG, and thank you for a lovely year, bringing such rich miscellany of essential information, tools, toys and treasures to our inboxes. It’s a pleasure to get to know you and have your human energy added to my life via this electronic community portal we’re blessed with. Come what may in the slowness and the storms and dulling trials of change we may experience in 2013, may we remember to have patience and optimism as we endure it.
    And very importantly, patience with each other and readiness to have faith to be bonded interdependently by need to each other in community. Fractured we are, so this healing will be uncomfortable for so many. But need each other we do, more than ever… and so there is joy and optimism to have now, …that it is coming for us. Peace among us…

    Comment by Doug Randak — December 31, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  4. Happy New Year GG! I’m looking forward to another year of your insights and questions. Martin just released his last blog of the year. As always, it’s provides comments that I can’t make heads or tails of … As always.

    Are you going to the Philadelphia meeting in March?

    Comment by MikePhila — January 1, 2013 @ 12:42 am

  5. Thanks, Mike. I will post and read later.


    Comment by totallygroovygirlfriday — January 1, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

  6. Thank you, Doug.


    Comment by totallygroovygirlfriday — January 1, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

  7. And to you as well.


    Comment by totallygroovygirlfriday — January 1, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

  8. Thanks for reading, Lemming.


    Comment by totallygroovygirlfriday — January 1, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

  9. We need more knowledgeable/honest people like you to run for Congress/House/Senate or I fear the demise of the country we truly love. Also are you brave enough to forecast PM in 2013? Here’s my take; I believe PM will temporary go down during the first half of the year then take off but who knows, right? TPTB seems to be able to short PM with impunity. Where’s the commercial signal failure at the COMEX/LBMA? People weren’t lying when they said, its not easy to ride the bull! Also, would love to hear your take on Jr mining stocks. Thanks again for your keen insights my friend.

    Comment by SilverOrGold — January 2, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

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