Simple With Context

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“Rivers know this.  There is no hurry.  We shall get there someday.”

–     Winnie The Pooh, the main character created by A. A. Milne  (1882 – 1956)

Thanks for the gracious latitude you gave me to navigate the loss of a buddy…    Thank you also for your warm responses, across the four platforms on which The Daily Difference is disseminated.

Let’s see if we can bridge back to the standard context…in a week that started with a theme based in simplicity, let’s get back to simple, with the added context of Gary O’s passing as a new filter…

No matter where we’re going, there we are.  (That’s one from Dad…)

Dad did something that ticked my mom off in 1953.  None of us know what it was.  She was pretty hot about it until the late 1970’s, and finally pretty much over it by the time he died in 2002 and hopefully completely over it when she passed four years later.

I made a few bad mistakes along the way, most notably in 1983, 2014 (maybe several in that year….just sayin’…) and 2017.

A few people did me wrong, in a couple cases, really wrong along the way.

We all have those things.  And our biggest win is not only not carrying them forward, it’s not ever picking them up.

Because, you know what?

None.  Of.  It.  Matters.  At.  All.  (Remember Dr. Graf — most things aren’t good or bad, right or wrong, most things just are…)

Nope, none of it matters.  For sure it doesn’t matter anymore, and maybe it never did.  Of course we want to learn from experiences, but once they’ve happened there’s nothing we can do to keep them from happening.

Thus, what we do next, that’s what matters.

Pooh gets it.  If we’re in the here and now, here and now, we’ll get “there.”  It may not be where we thought we were going, and the river may not flow as straight or as quickly as we’d like, or sometimes it may get a little too white-watery for our liking. We may have to get up and we may have to portage the canoe through shallow waters or around dangerous rapids.  But we shall get there someday.  And if today is that day, none of that stuff in the rearview mirror will matter.  If today is that day, we owe it to ourselves to have our eyes fixed on wherever our there is.  And today, our there is here.


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