The present series — the Serious series, if you will — about values has made me think of many things I value. One of those things is having standards, saying that I value some things over others.
I have on my desk a button I picked up at a rally for the striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians. It reads “i support cso musicians” across its middle; I’ll forgive the all-lower-case letters for such a viewpoint. Across the round top of the badge is “#stand with your musicians,” and I do. Across the round bottom of the badge is #keep your standards high.”
I do that latter hashtag, or motto if you prefer — and not only in musical matters. If I didn’t, I might use any spelling I wanted to use, any sentence structure — or non-structure — and just leave you to figure out what you want to think.
But I’m Margaret H. Laing, not James Joyce. I have my standards, and I will keep them. That’s how I can get my ideas across to you, and also how I can get my old ideas back to myself when I haven’t seen them in a while.
I learned that after a few years of writing in my diary. I’d use shorthand, since I was tired, abbreviations like “the usual Wednesday” or “a tough lesson with Mrs. C about that hard piece of Bach.”
Well, it wasn’t very long before I looked at those notes and thought “What went on Wednesday?” or “Which piece of Bach?” Even for myself, I had to have standards.
I valued (there it is again) looking back into the past, even the recent past, to find what I needed to carry forward.
As for other values, I have a small apartment. I literally don’t have room in my life for some categories of things. Also, when I do make room physically, I need to make room on the clock. Nothing is around me that does not get used — not for long, anyway. (I can think of some things I’d rather turn into cash.)
So if I value something enough to have it around, I think it is better than what I don’t keep near me. I think it is worth spending time with and something else isn’t, especially with recent events reminding me that time is limited.
So that’s why I’ve used this time to write about the value of things and concepts — because I know they have value.
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