Fridge magnet holds that piece, there for me to be reminded, several times each day … every action has cause and effect
I’ve read many variations – Emerson, Voltaire, Chopra, Melville, Pascal, Steinbeck and many more – each have written extensively. And Newton of course – for his laws. Pity he didn’t add ones for emotion. Or for e-motion.
As I was staring inside my fridge yesterday, tanning myself by its light, as I debated which things I should not eat, I got to wondering about the flip side of those clever words.
I wondered if there exists a similarly, a truism of sorts with these words … every inaction has cause and effect
I wonder if, each time we don’t do something, if similar forces of cause and effect come into play. If I hadn’t got up early. If I hadn’t not-done that other thing yesterday, or last week or last year.
Each time we don’t answer a call, don’t attend a meeting, don’t reply to an e-mail. Every time we ignore someone’s question, or deflect from it, every time we ignore someone’s gaze – or they ignore ours, what is the power of that inaction?
Inaction, to me, is not the same as a lack of inertia or a lack of initiative – or a lack of anything at all, but simply a choice to not act, not respond, not to even think very much.
Eric Clapton: “if you are any good at all, you know you can be better”
I think I’m good at this.
Good asking questions.
Good wondering, pondering.
Discussing what troubles me or you.
Yesterday was good.
More, better, fine.
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: 14C/56F, early morning walk under the stars and mostly a full moon – very still, it seemed like we were waking up the birds instead of the other way around. We got back, and Gusta was disappointed there wasn’t as much food in her bowl this morning. Our visit to the vet yesterday for shots and a check-up – almost as if it was me getting one – the advice was to eat less and get more exercise.
Liked today’s muse!, KE, Calgary, AB … p.s. this was the response from my wife : In order to be happy and still achieve a lot, I would say don’t have wild expectations, but wild dreams – dreams motivate you forward and inspire to be better. Expectations serve as a measuring stick used as a punishing tool afterwards way too often.
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