“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
— Harriet Beecher Stowe, author
The quote above came to me on the same day that I learned of a troubled man who put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. I wondered if it would have made any difference if the quote had come to him instead.
Think about the Stowe quote in the context of this Blog’s question, “What if you only had one day?” while realizing that time is just a cosmic convenience that keeps everything from happening all at once. (From How to know God by Deepak Chopra) Or to put it another way…answer me this question as quickly as you can :-). Which would you choose if you had no family to think about?
Door #1 ~ To live a long life without ever realizing your life’s purpose, dream & ultimate goal.
Door #2 ~ To live only the second of realizing your life’s purpose, dream & ultimate goal.
This made me wonder what the man who pulled the trigger was ever searching for. We can assume it wasn’t the experience of lead passing through his brain. Was his story just the everyday story of the guy who starts out with best intentions like the rest of us, catches a bad break, makes a bad choice, takes a drink…then two, then three, then bang?
But here is the result of the choices we make. Here is where we are. Here is all we’ve got to work with. So if here is it; whether you have one day or a thousand; if we are our own pilot shouldn’t our choice be the same? Turn into the light!
What if Paul Simon had it wrong when he sang, the nearer your destination, the more you’re slip-sliding away? I know that everyone reading these words has had the experience of being so very close to something you wanted so very badly and just as it was within your grasp…something happened, and you watched it disappear. The question is was the something external or internal?
What if we insult one of the greatest song-writers of all time and revise his lyric slightly to say you know the nearer your destination, the more time is irrelevant! I know it doesn’t rhyme but I’ve only got one day…
…and who has the time to rhyme anyway?