Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Somewhere Down the Road
Opportunities fly by while we sit regretting the chances we have lost...
~Jerome K. Jerome, The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, 1889
It's comfy there...in the past
There is nothing to achieve other than a perhaps a good sense of remorse
There is nothing to do because it cannot be changed
Looking back is like worrying- it gives us something to do....makes us feel useful...but it accomplishes nothing
Opportunity cannot come to knock on yesterday's door.
The ironic thing about looking back is that no matter how much time and effort we put in to the looking,
we are never going to really see life as it really was then
because we are looking through the eyes of someone who was never there.
Like looking at the scenery in your rear view mirror.
It just is not the same.
We will never see the things that happened the way they were because we have been changed by time, and experience.
We can never be an eyewitness to something in the past.
I like what the wonderful novelist Edna Ferber had to say:
Living the past is a dull and lonely business;
looking back strains the neck muscles,
causing you to bump into people not going your way.
To share a memory is a wonderful thing
Just make sure you are making more for down the road.
And if you find yourself bumping in to people going toward the future- turn around!
And that's poetiquejustis