Time Travel and Something Small

“When people talk about traveling to the past they worry about radically changing the present by doing something small… but barely anyone in the present actually believes they  can radically change the future by doing something small.”

     –  Indy Beagle, in the June 21, 2021 Monday Morning Memo

“If only…”

What a torturous phrase that is.  If only I’d have, or if only I hadn’t.  Well, you didn’t.  Or you did.  Whichever one it is, we’re past it, so let’s be really past it!

The quote stems from what is known as The Grandfather Paradox.

It’s so easy to wonder what one little change might have meant.  So why is it so difficult to make one little change, now?  Maybe it’s a version of the cliche “hindsight is 20/20.”  Maybe it’s an illustration of the comfort with which we remember where we’ve been, or at least where we think we’ve been.

A theme is emerging this week, quite by accident, but emerging nonetheless.  Vision is a beginning, action is irreplaceable.  Not action for action’s sake, mind you, but acting on that which we know to be true, or that which we desire to make true.

We can radically change the future by doing something small.  And right here, right now, that might be all we can do.  So, let’s do it!

Let’s turn our “if only’s” into “that was SO cool’s!”  Or, worst case, into “wow, did we learn from that, or what’s.”


Editor’s Note:  Grammarly should hate that last sentence.  Maybe it’s gotten used to me — but I’m wondering how I got away with it!





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