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"Don't Get Me Started About Life."

I have some friends who send me deep stuff. 
Occasionally I get one that stops my day in its tracks. 
I have to figure out whether I agree or not, 
and get my thoughts down on a page, 
and out of my head. 

This came from my friend Nancy: 

"Every man is where he is by the law of his being; 
the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, 
and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, 
but all is the result of a law which cannot err. 
This is just as true of those who feel 'out of harmony' 
with their surroundings 
as of those who are contented with them." 

     *     *     * 

My response: 

It's comforting to think 
that if we are good, good things will happen, 
and maybe the very act of thinking that 
has a positive physical influence. 

I've read all the positive thinking books, 
so why isn't my life in better shape? 

My hero Mark Twain believed 
that we never have even one choice in our lives... 
that each decision is the only possible one, 
based upon external circumstances, 
combined with our past experiences. 
No decision can be wrong or right, 
so there is no resulting glory or guilt. 

I believe there are other factors: 
Chaos, for one. 
Accidents will PROBABLY happen. 

From a different angle: 
Some of us walk the fine line 
between conformity and nonconformity, 
between making our own decisions 
and making the popular ones. 

Sometimes by choosing the high road, 
we find ourselves with very few fellow travelers, 
and with little help available. 

Time is also a contributor. 
Time has a direction. 
It flows from order to disorder. 

Where you happen to be along the time line 
is part of the mix. 

Environment is another thing to look at... 
The situation you happen to be born into, or stuck in, 
helps to shape your character. 

I also have a feeling that what goes around 
might not come back. 
I've spent a lot of time 
waiting for bad people to get their medicine. 
I'm still waiting. 

I guess it's impossible to evaluate my life 
while I'm still in it. 
I think it will be up to somebody else. 

It might be better than I think. 

 July 1, 2003 Jack Blanchard. All rights reserved. 


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