Have been waking early these days and setting off for work before the sun is up. On the Métro at that hour, most of my fellow passengers are heading to jobs that most anyone who has the choice doesn’t want — cleaning offices, toilets, streets, or tending to other tasks that most people consider « undesirable. » That’s not the case for me. I can’t complain, as we say, although sometimes I do. We ride along in silence, mostly.
I read the daily news (wars, threats, gold medals, interest rates, elections), looking up from time to time at the daily news around me, too. Some look weary, worn down, others not at all. What are their stories? What is my story?
I just look, I just listen. I am just present, upright, considering the sights and sounds of the world, whether friend or foe, with care.