Are We There Yet?
In a recent disaster, a man was asked why he would
keep searching for a loved one, even when he knew
there was little hope of any survivors. He was told
repeatedly, the chances of finding anyone still alive
were very slim.
The man replied, "I don't want to wake up five years
from now and ask - what if? What if I had only done
this or that?"
He wanted to exhaust all his options. Suppose the
lost relative was still alive, injured somewhere and
unable to speak or remember.
"If I do everything now... I won't be continuously asking
myself... what if I had only done that? What if only I
had tried a little bit harder?"
This man's philosophy is one we should use to examine
our own actions. Do you live up to such high standards?
Do you exhaust all options, all opportunities... in the
pursuit of your goals.
If you did; there would be no regrets. You would have
given it your best shot. You would have exhausted all
your options. You could never ask yourself ... what if?
Or will you wake up years from now... and ask if only
I had done that. If only I had followed my true feelings.
And what about the 'collective what if?'
Initial response to this recent disaster was criticized -
it was said certain countries should have responded
quicker or offered more assistance...
As a society, or a group of people - is there also a
Can we ask ourselves a collective what if...
what if a nation or a group of nations had maxed
out all their options and did everything they could
possibly do to help in this situation. Surely, it
would make a difference.
And in doing so - wouldn't we also acquire the same
'peace of mind' as this man. Just something to think
At the same time - lets be realistic. We may not
reach our goals.
As an artist I have always found the journey more
important and more interesting than the destination.
The process more important than the product.
But artists are a little warped! Their thinking is
a little off!
Or is it really, maybe we have just been looking at
it in the wrong way. Maybe our thinking just hasn't
evolved yet - Darwin's been sleeping way too much
Maybe we should switch the gear to neutral and
throw it into reverse. Then we could say:
It's not so much the journey that counts; but
what we do along the way.
The reach is the grasp!
For even if you're grasping at straws sometimes -
at least you're making the effort.
You're doing the best you can possibly do.
Satisfaction can come from within, it doesn't
always have to be external or delusional! There
is something to be said for 'that peace of mind'!
Especially, in very trying times such as a disaster,
a personal crisis, or the loss of a loved one...
it does make a difference.
Applied to the bigger picture - we may never
completely solve the world's problems...world
hunger, world peace or the latest world crisis.
All very daunting tasks. But it all starts with
the collective what if; or rather with everyone
working together as a group to eliminate all the
'what ifs'. To exhaust all possible options.
Perhaps, even more daunting, is the possibility
of all of us working together to help those in
need. Are we really at that stage? Will we ever
Maybe the journey is a little longer than we
first thought and we're just not there yet.
Lets all hope it's just around the corner.
And that we all get there.
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