SOL Tuesday No News

No news is good news – a meditation

Haven't heard from so-and-so in a while. 
No news is good news!
What a surprise to hear your voice! 
You know what we say: no news is good news!

Here are the rules:
When you call I'll be glad to hear you.
If you don't hear from me, assume I'm alright.
If something is really wrong, you'll hear about it.
If you need something, speak up.
Worry only makes sense when you can do something about it.
You don't owe me metered responses over time.
I care about you even if I am not in your daily or weekly or even monthly business.

What my mother said to me
again and again and again
became my template for understanding the world.
No news is good news
when you have little or no recourse to change or challenge events. 
No news is good news 
when some things turn out to not be fatal 
or injurious
or the worst possible outcome. 
No news is good news
when all you have left is your faith.

In a past shaped by enslavement
degradation
family separation
cruelty with abandon
Not knowing might be better than knowing
Silence is preferable to screaming
No news is not the best news
No news is good news
if you believe that 
better and future can for once align
and grant a little peace.

No news is good news 
is how you get around
expectations and 
attachment 
to certain outcomes
defined by their very
uncertainty.

No news is good news 
is how you keep up
without giving up.
No news is good news
is survival mode.
No news is good news
is an heirloom
no one asked for.

No news is good news
is what my mother said
to keep us 
safe
and loved
and connected
even as we faded from view
traveled eons beyond earshot
independent
but still hers
All no news and still good.

2 thoughts on “SOL Tuesday No News

  1. No news is good news is how you keep up without giving up–that line right there. I mean the whole meditation is so beautifully written, but I think that line captures how I feel when I say “ignorance is bliss.” It’s not that I want to be ignorant of what’s going on, it’s just that knowing without the ability to do something is sometimes too much. And that applies to the world and to the ones around us.

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