Might have shelf-life of a peanut butter sandwich or half-life of uranium 235. Some last and last – lifelong quests. Might end when we do, when project completes, or last longer. Everything we start (unless we invent perpetual motion), will end.
We start things. Most – tasks associated with running our lives, households, families, businesses or jobs. Some – quick, like child’s games lasting as long as an attention span …
In a minute you’ll do something. Ask, ‘what is it, and when will it end?’
Shooting for the wastebasket with a scrap of paper?
Or shooting for stars?
I’m told I won’t live forever – and they might be right, so why don’t I do things that will last? They may not last forever, but the might last as long as anyone might remember. And how does that happen?
Things that last, invented tings, thoughts written down and things built – weren’t planned to last a very long time, but they did. They began because someone felt a need to make something, fix something or make something easier to do. They figured it out – like inventing a better mousetrap – and it lasted.
What are doing? Can’t invent publishing, Gutenburg’s press did. Can’t go to the moon, it’s been done. Can’t invent a laser or internet or clouds or electric toothbrushes. Maybe we can invent an idea that’s not been developed before – something that explains things, or enables things – something that helps us all deal with something difficult, not to make it easy but to make it better.
Like a great song.
Or poem, or description of a never ending feeling.
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk with Gusta: 7C/45F, overcast muffling light traffic, likely rainy today (supposed be nice all week – we’ll see!), Gusta so focused on sniffing and her business she missed Magpies, a rabbit and two pedestrians
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