The word that keeps floating into my head today is ‘contrasts.’ In part, it is driven by the US Election results and the differences between Biden and Trump, even though they are similar in terms of being older, white males.

It is also to the fore because November is a month of curious contrasts and ones which I seem to notice more and be more appreciative of because of what can sometimes seem like the greyness of the month.

Sweet November Songbird

This morning, it is dull and dank here with cloud almost touching our heads but as I was coming in our gate a glint of bright orange caught my eye from the Berberis bush and the Mahonia out the back has turned her gleaming yellow lights on as if putting on a bedside light in the depths of night.

The contrast that has perhaps struck me most relates to mindsets. Joe Biden’s litany of personal tragedies would be enough to defeat a huge number of people. His courage in the face of such hard knocks is nothing short of inspirational. I have no idea how he will fare as President but I think he has shown that there are alternatives to giving up in the face of adversity.

We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

10 thoughts on “Contrasts”

    1. I just listened to the Ireland newscast where they used Seamus Heaney’s poem in announcing Biden’s win. It was beautiful, and perfect for the occasion. You should be proud.

  1. Like “Ying and Yang”…Trump was full of ideas but some didn’t get implemented road blocks were in the way.. I think the “tweets” got him into hot water and showed his true character as time went on.. bulllying tactics and going for the jugular vein.. Biden fits the personality of a President , one who will lead and is brilliant with his words in getting his thoughts across..He speaks to and not at the people. He’s polished where Trump is rough around the edges ..One is a Politician the other a hard nose Business man…I wish Biden congratulations and hopefully he will be the glue that brings this country back to where it should be “United States of America”…Today I saw a Woodpecker which blended into the bark of the tree but a little of him showed and was he quick to move….

  2. Love your Emerson quote Jean, and yes life is so full of contrasts, such a mixture of shades of joy and sadness at times. I too hope that Biden will be a breath of fresh air for America, and for the world. We can live in hope. Lovely post.

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