Life is an Experiment
by Irwin Lengel
I am sure that most of you reading this post are like me, wondering and worrying about what tomorrow might bring. While that seems to be the logical thing to do, chances are it may not be the best thing to do. Earlier in the year, I promised myself I would spend more time doing two things – reading and writing.
But, as life usually does, other things came up and as I would think that most of us do, first thought through our mind is that the thing that came up is more important than our promises to ourselves. Well, it is a shame about what is happening in the world today but being asked to stay indoors and self-quarantine could be just what the doctor ordered – for a short time frame anyway. Why not use this time to try something new.
Years ago, I read a short blurb relating to Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was on the experiment of life. The gist of the writing was that: if you never try anything new, you’ll never find out if you’ll enjoy it. If I am not mistaken, his exact quote was:
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
So here is a thought – every day you wake while we are in this period-of-time, experiment. Try something new. Read a book; try putting a puzzle together; take up knitting or crocheting; try painting; anything new to keep your minds occupied. Chances are you will find something you enjoy and well, what better way to utilize the time. I know were I to take up painting, drawing a funny caricature seems a lot more fun than watching the news on TV or our smartphones thus listening to the same old rhetoric day in and day out.
Do not misunderstand me – keeping up with the news in times such as these is a good thing but there is keeping up with it and then there is keeping up with it. Once or twice a day should be sufficient! Do not let it run your life. We can only do what those more experienced and knowledgeable on this situation tell us to do and have faith that as another old saying goes:
“This too shall pass.”
Now get out there and create. The two things I plan on doing while self-confined is to read and write.
Until next time!