A PERFECT WORLD – SURE, no problems except for those lizards
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
We’ve all said, “Well, in a perfect world, …” ?
About 250,000 years ago, afore humans evolved/arrived and stood tall to command this third rock from the sun, was it perfect then?
Allowing that there have been many epochs of global warming, cooling, ice-ages, tectonic plate shifts, a giant asteroid created the Gulf of Mexico. It wiped out dinosaurs and countless other species. All ‘naturally occurring,’ so does that unaltered state constitute perfection?
Yes, troubling non-humankind caused events spread over hundreds of millions of years – billions, but otherwise perfect, right?
Day over day, very little change, just rotating as usual …
At any time in our tenure here, have we had what we might render as a perfect world?
I believe those apparently faultless moments in our lives have very little to do with the planet or where on earth they took place; when we held a newborn, or we held someone’s hand, as we held our breath, or when we held someone’s life in our hands.
These are impossible to order on Amazon, yet they are impossible to forget. They aren’t things to wish for, but undoubtedly indelible moments that change who we are – all while changing the earth, not one bit. We discard or misplace things, but we never lose those moments of perfection.
In a perfect world …
In a perfect world, everyone would have a vaccination against COVID-19?
In a perfect world, nobody would be sick, or sad, or sorry – because, in a perfect world, nobody would make mistakes, nobody would have heartache, and nobody would age or get injured.
There might be more peace, more food, less trouble, more caring, better health, better care, really cool experiences, and more smiling. More laughter too …
In a perfect world, life would be safe, like coasting in neutral, in a perfect world.
The world is not perfect, though children and grandchildren get pretty close.
There is no such thing as a perfect golf swing, a best first date, a recipe that won’t fail – and all putts break toward the water.
Every day, there are so many reasons, more than usual lately, to complain or fear or despair – and we need to stop that. I don’t mean to deny it or to deny anyone help for their troubles, but for those of us who are not in deep despair or riddled with an illness of body or mind, we need to stand up. We need to speak out. We need to remember our backbone and vocal cords each have a purpose – to stand tall and to speak positively and kindly whenever we can. If we stumble or fall, we can still be kind. If we fail, we can always be kind. If we don’t know which way to turn or who to ask for help, we can still be kind.
I see too much negativity in the world right now, and I think we’ll all make it a bit better if we try harder to be kind. That’s what I want for Christmas.
That would perfect.
What do you want?
What would make your life better?
And here’s a closing thought – if those dinosaurs weren’t wiped out 65 million years ago, we’d be hiding out from them for fear of being their afternoon snack. Pshaw, you say, because we’d likely not have evolved at all. But they would have. Would those monster reptiles have developed big brains, invented literature, music, boats and trains, math, and space-ships? And if they had, would they call it a perfect world? Would they elect officials to be the head-lizard?
In lizard land, the most giant fiercest lizard defeats all but the smarter, most robust young, ferocious lizard …
Yes, we live in a perfect world, if you’re a lizard.
For the rest of us, we do our best to control our lizard-brains!
One more issue of Oyen Echo then I close that chapter(s) of my life and turn over The Oyen Echo to new owner Kate Winquist. She will be taking over my email, I believe, DW, Oyen, AB
My wife has “white coat” syndrome, RH, Calgary, AB
I read the extra vegetable musing. Do you know of the vegetable shop Freestone’s on 32nd ave? It is a little 3rd worldish, and a blast. We go once a week. The refrigerator in the back of the shop is the best, the white board with prices is priceless. Our latest score was a case of fresh blackberries for smoothies $10. So Great. I am doing a pile of “stuff” for the first time, with fresh eyes. It is fun, challenging, and shitty, all at the same time, SV, Calgary, AB
You have much to be proud of! Losing weight is difficult at the best of times. Especially when indulging in food can bring so much comfort, and especially during a pandemic. Congratulations on this latest achievement and on your 34th anniversary of sobriety. That’s a lot to accomplish in one month! Stay well, EM, Calgary, AB
Actually Mark, I don’t believe we should go through life with an attitude that gives us permission to ‘lose anything’. Weight, money, friends, jobs. Losing is always a negative, JR, Calgary, AB
I think we all may have had this happen, especially in the time of COVID. If the item is important enough, or important enough to you, I believe you have to lead into it. For me, possible solutions might be being more assertive (a little) or being the one to initiate contact next. LH, Lethbridge, AB