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“An accompanying quote from Thich Nhat Hanh:

“At the end of a retreat in California, a friend wrote this poem:

I have lost my smile, but don’t worry.

The dandelion has it.

If you have lost your smile and yet are still capable of seeing that a dandelion is keeping it for you, the situation is not too bad. You still have enough mindfulness to see that the smile is there.

You only need to breathe consciously one or two times and you will recover your smile. The dandelion is one member of your community of friends. It is there, quite faithful, keeping your smile for you.

In fact, everything around you is keeping your smile for you. You don’t need to feel isolated. You only have to open yourself to the support that is all around you, and in you. Like the friend who saw that her smile was being kept by the dandelion, you can breathe in awareness, and your smile will return.”

Brexit update

In spite of all the noise in the media, the dot gov dot uk website still mentions 30 June 2021 as the application deadline

Application? To use an app to ask if we – EU citizens lawfully residing in the UK – can pretty please obtain the rights about which it was said in 2016 that they weren’t going to change and were guaranteed.

Even if we ask and are approved, we still won’t get any official documentation, nothing that will convince anyone else, apparently. But at least they’ve waived the application fee.

The dot gov dot uk website also still advises EU citizens who haven’t been here very long to wait until they’ve passed the five-year mark, if applicable, before they apply.

Today, I received this e-mail below, which undoubtedly everyone else in that Home Office e-mail data base got as well. (Can’t do screenshots at the moment.)