Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The quiet before the storm


Whether you spent it with family and friends or by yourself, Thanksgiving is now just a memory augmented, if you’re lucky, by leftovers in the fridge. Black Friday has decended and though it isn’t the crazy get up in the middle of the night frenzy it once was, when combined with online shopping and a pandemic, for me it’s just a pause before the real world comes flooding back.

If I keep the television off I feel like I can enjoy a few days of peaceful quiet before it’s time to get back into the thick of things. December will be another run up to crazy and I’m not looking forward to any of it.

I’m not feeling blue exactly, but I’m not feeling cheerful either. I’m just feeling sort of…well…quiet. I think I’ll run with that feeling and see where it leads me.

I hope all of you had a peaceful Thanksgiving, or a peaceful Thursday, whichever you chose, and that we all get through these next few months as unscathed as possible.

Hugs to you all.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

30 thoughts on “The quiet before the storm

  1. I’m sorry your mood matches the weather.
    Please know that you are loved by many far and wide.


  2. Great way to put it — “the crazy” because it sure as hell is. I have found not having a tv in my place is one of the best decisions I EVER made. I no longer feel the urge to buy something just because I keep seeing it advertised. And on YouTube, I’m a big fan of the “skip ad” button. (As if I would want to watch them all the way through???) Happy late Thanksgiving to you. I hope you had a good day. I just had leftover stuffing. 🙂


  3. Hi dawn – we had a delightful holiday – quiet and quaint –
    And I think I like it better when thanksgiving is earlier – like the 25th because now December feels so close


  4. I think this year is culminating with built up emotions – much like how Wiley Coyote’s snout becomes accordion pleated when he runs into a Boulder. We’re all exhausted.


  5. Nonplussed. That’s how I feel. Knowing I should feel gratitude for everything in my life, but too dang tired at the moment to gush about it.


  6. The John Grisham book “Skipping Christmas” is what came to mind when I read this. I know what you mean, Dawn. My husband and I exchange presents (even though I tell him I don’t need/want anything) but this year I talked about skipping the whole ordeal. We are not mall shoppers. We don’t get into the crowds, so I don’t plan on going shopping. I don’t feel it this year. I just don’t.


    • I should read that book, I don’t think I have. We aren’t shoppers either. I have some things for my siblings, ordered online. I’ll mail those out shortly and I’ll be pretty much done other than sending out some Christmas cards. This year my Christmas card rule is when someone mails us a card, I’ll mail them back someting. Last year I mailed almost 100, like usual and we received so few it seemed sad.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your quiet mood, that lull, the pause. May it sustain you through the weekend–along with any leftovers.


  8. I feel exactly the same way. Quiet.


  9. Enjoy your quiet pause, Dawn. We all need that from time to time. ❤


    • Yes, I feel like there won’t be much opportunity for quiet between now and the end of the year. Don’t know why, we certainly don’t have kids and could control some of the craziness, but I feel like there’s a whole wall of crazy that is just waiting to overwhelm us.


  10. Dawn, decorating the front of our house with Christmas lights certainly lightened my mood this week. We have made a family pact to omit the gift exchange this year and just do simple things together, like decorating the tree and baking cookies….I am looking forward to quiet simplicity.


    • Yes, I put up some lights last weekend, it was fun because it was warm and sunny out. That’s when I saw the bald eagles fly overhead. I probably won’t do any inside decorating…and maybe not much in the baking area either as we are both trying to lose some weight. But I will probably drive around looking at other people’s lights one evening. That would be fun.

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  11. Sometimes, quiet is a GOOD thing, Dawn. It allows us time and space to get in touch with our feelings, to center and ground who we are and what we need. Today was finally sunny and relatively pleasant, so Domer helped me put up the tree and outdoor lights. It helped take our mind off Dallas’s absence.


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