How will we live tomorrow?

“That’s a wide open one. If I avoid politics and religion I can’t give you a fun answer. Do away with elections and appoint a king?

“If we all learned to listen before we spoke, that would take us in a good direction. I can’t say I always do that myself, but I try.”

Andy Archer, Charleston Preservation Society, Charleston, SC

How will we live tomorrow?

“In Denmark we have a law, a custom really, called Jante’s Law, that requires that you don’t think yourself better than anyone else It is a hallmark of our culture and helps us not to want more. That’s why Danes are often considered the happiest people in the world.”

Kate, Danish-American, Athens, GA

How will we live tomorrow?

“There are lots of different ways you can come at that, from lifestyle, motivation. I have not planned my life. I met my wife dong missionary work in Albania. I didn’t know I would be a librarian, but it’s a good fit for me. I don’t plan too far ahead.”

Jeff, librarian at University of Charleston, Charleston SC

How will we live tomorrow?

“Always looking for the next adventure.”

Sandra, tourist, Charleston SC

How will we live tomorrow?

“Smarter, wiser, stronger.”

Blake, visiting Yankee, Charleston SC

How will we live tomorrow?

“I don’t have an answer for that one. How about you?”

Sharon, Manager of Shoney’ Walterboro SC She turns the question over to Monica, waitress:

“You don’t know. But you hope for the best. What you think?”

Monica asks Jason, bus boy.

“If I wake up, it’s a good day.”

How will we live tomorrow?

“What is your definition of tomorrow? Hopefully, better than we do today. We have thousands of years of history to look back on to guide us to new possibilities.”

Kevin Wright, college graduate, Charleston, SC

How will we live tomorrow?

“We don’t have an answer for tomorrow. We don’t even have an answer for the next moment. But if we have a positive attitude, that will make a difference.”

Dhirjas Patel, motel manager, Walterboro, SC

How will we live tomorrow?

“For God.”

Germaine, business card collector, Augusta, GA

How will we live tomorrow?

“Day by day.”

Teresa, potato chip vendor, Augusta, GA

How will we live tomorrow?

“Me and him going to have a talk with the Lord.”

Linda Dawson, wife of Alzheimer patient, Augusta, GA

How will we live tomorrow?

“I think private motor vehicles will go away. It’s not sustainable. Fifty years ago no one thought tobacco would go away, but it has. Cultural change happens, it’s just slow. Climate change will be huge. The unexpected is what is going to happen.”

Alan Saul, neurological researcher, Augusta, GA

How will we live tomorrow?

“Let’s hope it’s not with Hillary.”

Donald Harrah, open carry smoker, Washington, GA

How will we live tomorrow?

“I hope to live in love with myself and others.”

Frederico, Italian travel agent visiting Atlanta, GA

How will we live tomorrow?

“I show up and do the best I can. Clean and sober 23 years.”

John McConnell, road surveyor, Washington, GA

How will we live tomorrow?

“Just as I do today.”

Robert, boiled peanut vendor, Summerville, SC

How will we live tomorrow?

“That’s a loaded question. There are so many ways to answer. I will live by the grace of God. Aside from that, humans are making a mess of it.”

Libby, Scuppernong farmer, Washington, GA

How will we live tomorrow?

“Better than we do today.”

Jeremy, Aldi cashier, Athens, GA

How will we live tomorrow?

“To the bet of my ability. I’m here to share love.”

Delca Viva, patient advocate, Atlanta, GA

How will we live tomorrow?

“You never know the next day is guaranteed to you.”

George, urban driver, Atlanta, GA

 

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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  1. David says:

    Paul,
    sometimes i enjoy your charaterization of the people as much as the message. For example this time “open carry smoker”, “Scuppernong farmer” (had to look it up), “business card collector”, and the great sequence: –
    “I don’t have an answer for that one. How about you?”
    Sharon, Manager of Shoney’ Walterboro SC She turns the question over to Monica, waitress:
    “You don’t know. But you hope for the best. What you think?”
    Monica asks Jason, bus boy.
    “If I wake up, it’s a good day.”

    Thank you for how you really try to see people.
    David

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    • paulefallon says:

      Thanks for being such a careful reader, David. I try to discern what strikes me most about a person. It is not always their age or occupation, though I tend to identify children by their ages as their responses often reflect a more concrete view of the world.

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