There’s a path for us to walk and it’s an exciting time to go. We can see a destination, yes? Of goodness and happiness, where every scent’s an appeal, every instinct is charmed and of course all’s locked to us with a big, bright chain. A welcoming charge races through our blood as we surge towards the promise of something better than home. We are running! Go to it– the fertile country is open to us!

Stop. Just wait. I said stop! You and you and you. This is what we seek but it’s not what we want. Don’t you see it? We no longer cherish the life we’d started out to live. We’ve talked ourselves into making something work that need not be grander than our heritage. Our sights are fixed on the horizon, and why is that, when home was what made us?

By walking this path, we’ve been led to wear nicer clothes, sit at ornate tables, and own triplicates of many toys. Bigger, not ours, not needed either. We’ve been fooled, wasting our time, and our people have to stop, right now.

We took the bait of the promise of having more. We did not know how to be satisfied with what bit we’d had and enjoyed for years. That’s why I say stop walking. This path leads us to greater, not better. Let’s huddle and share our ideas, not one step in any direction until we’ve talked it out.

Wanting more is personal.

I want to stop brushing away the delicate modesty that patiently tries knitting inside me, over and over, and head back to home. I need to take the steps as a group, with each of you at my side. If not us all, then we’ve lost some. Let’s stop something big and stop something bigger.

It’s time to disappoint the disease.

About Ara Hagopian's The LITERATE Show

For over thirty years, I have enjoyed drawing beautiful shapes and writing complementary stories. The imagery tends to focus on our place in the world—whomever or whatever we may be. I am influenced by Twentieth Century history—I read vintage magazines, books and letters. Inspiration comes from visualizing human achievement and personal interaction—derived from people, places and things which may be obscure, but never insignificant. My pen-and-ink THE MAGNIFICENT RECOVERY was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction.
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6 Responses to Disease

  1. Clive Donald Watts. says:

    A nice piece. I think at some time we all go in a direction not right for us.

  2. Marilyn Desoe says:

    Hi Ara, a most interesting thought & a path of exploration, cleverly written for those who wish to change direction into the future.

  3. Hello Ara, I love your musings! This article appealed to me as a Baby Boomer whose downsized two times. My attachments and trophies of the “big important all-consuming” career work years filled a 2800 sq ft home with pool and hot tub and landscape with 24 palm trees. (Did you know the cost to trim a palm tree is like $225). The first down-size was whittled down to 1800 sq ft (no amenities or high maintenance landscape) home — to now a comfortable 1100 sq. ft.space filled with just life’s necessities, with the bulk of the treasured space for my own inner thoughts, musings, studies, and connections to people. I recommend when people go to buy something — they look at it and say, I will be letting this go and how will I feel when I do so?

    • Hi Sue, thank you for detailing an important point. I would have loved to have seen your “trophies”, I can only imagine your accomplishments. You certainly have a big heart and are wonderful for conversation. I enjoy that about you very much. Talk soon. Ara

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