Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Algebra & bubblegum: a lesson I've yet to master

[Every now and again I have to sit me down and give myself a good talking to. This morning was one of those times.]

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

-Sunscreen,
Baz Luhrmann

Less in the context of the blindsiding troubles, but in the "troubles" that will niggle in the wee hours. That take the shine off an otherwise great day.
That put that split second of hesitation in the confident stride or, worse, drain precious mental and emotional energy. That work the edges of concentration with the unsettling sense that something...oh yeah, that thing is wrong. [backpedal, backpedal, backpedal, retreat]

And how, more often than not, the monster at the end of the book is none other than ourselves, expertly armed with an overactive imagination and an impressive set of knee jerk reactions.

Wonderfully, the next line in that song is:

Do one thing everyday that scares you

How 'bout giving that monster with the overactive imagination something real, something full of potential to sink its teeth into instead of a quick fix junk food for the brain worst case scenario? How 'bout side stepping self sabotage and instead turning that gleam of possibility toward what you really want? How 'bout honestly going for it? Even better, how 'bout daring yourself you really do it?

If your imagination is going to run wild (and I know mine will; she's got a mind all her own, I'll tell you what), why not let it run wild on the possibilities that make your heart sing and your insides tremble, or, at the very least, leave you not a little breathless with anticipation?

Now. How much does that scare you?

But how worthwhile could it be?

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