It’s a well known fact life moves faster than the speed of light and when wisdom arrives it’s already too old to outrun the past. Saying goodbye to the last year I’m shocked I could be so happy to see a year go by at my age. Seriously. I’m never happy to see time pass anymore.
Yet, this year is of course the exception and we are all optimistic and betting 2021 will be a winner and life will once again return to normal.
Reflecting on the last twelve months I’ve come to the conclusion it would be simpler if time moved backward ala Benjamin Button to acquire wisdom we can use throughout our lives.
So many talk about others as an old soul. I imagine they are alluding to knowledge beyond one’s years, but can one actually move beyond their own knowledge without actually living the lessons confronting each of us?
The most effective teacher is experience and there is a limit on the hours we possess each day.
So because I have so much time on my hands now, and it would be wise to use it for something besides opening the refrigerator, I’ve invented something that will revolutionize living.
Ladies and Germs I give you, wait for it…the wisdom clock.
Easy to use and I’m sure the price could be brought down to an affordable number for everyone. I should probably go on Shark Tank to get funding although I’m certain Mr. Wonderful (how misnamed is that guy?) would call me stupid and say it’ll never sell.
I am however equally as sure Lori Greiner would grab it up to promote on QVC and sell millions with very little effort.
So by now you’re wondering what this amazing invention would do for you.
Well step right up ladies and gents and give me a moment of your time to tell you about the greatest cure all since Uncle Billy’s Rheumatism Eraser and Housecleaning Oil.
Simple to operate as one has merely to set the clock ahead to any future time and it will transport you to a lesson you haven’t yet learned.
This goes so far beyond H.G. Wells and his rinky-dink time travel machine, he should be embarrassed.
You just set it and instantly you’re living in that moment and watching your future.
For example you have a date with someone new. You set the clock ahead for one year and it shows you what’s happening on that day.
Okay, I didn’t say it would always be pleasant, but just think how great it would be if you knew in advance someone was going to break your heart six months into the relationship?
You’d simply cancel the date and avoid the mistake.
Our operators are standing by to take your orders.
Or perhaps you’re torn by a decision of whether to take a new job or stay put.
Turn that dial; check out a year from now and voila. It’s all there and either you’ve moved onto a fabulous position or to a terrible state.
You could even check out that new hair color and save yourself the pain. Need I even mention buying Apple at $22.00 a share?
No wondering or stressing about choices now.
This is better than Dial a Psychic and you don’t have to pay by the minute.
Just imagine how much anguish you’d prevent had you known the future.
The wisdom clock, what a concept, step right up no waiting.
To acquire knowledge without enduring the pain that accompanies life lessons is an amazing feat. I’m surprised no one has thought of this before. Forget Facebook or Google schmoogle, the wisdom clock is the bomb.
To eliminate heartache and suffering by merely having the information we all need in advance is a gift.
However, since it may be a while before I get this thing to market what can we do in the meantime to avoid making mistakes?
Without the wisdom clock we’re on our own.
Yet, if we’re honest we’ve always had the power to make good choices had we only heeded the signs. Perhaps we should’ve listened to that little voice inside giving us a stomachache when we were about to embark on a foolish decision?
Thinking back on my life every bad choice I’ve ever made has been accompanied by a sign waving red flags I chose to ignore.
Watching The Crown the other night and it’s extraordinary, I was quite taken by the fact there were so many red flags and roadblocks thrown in Diana’s path before she married Charles. Not even small ones, but Whoopi Goldberg screaming, “Diana you in trouble girl, get the hell out of here!” Alas, perhaps owing to youth, lack of wisdom, some might say destiny, she forged ahead into a doomed marriage.
Yet we are all Diana many times, moving and choosing with sheer abandon situations we sense will not have a happy ending. Still, we talk ourselves into believing it’s okay because we simply want them to be.
Some more than others we are in some ways Cleopatra: Queen of Denial and ignoring that little voice inside screaming, “run like hell.”
So why do some people possess the ability to choose wisely and some just never get it right?
I’ve noticed those who make good choices have good lives, but many stumble into good fortune through no great insight or intelligence of their own.
So maybe the wisdom clock is no more effective than having good instincts and heeding our own warning voice.
Oftentimes the noise in our heads drowns out those better choices and we fall head first into chaos.
It’s so much easier to evoke the “it-was-meant-to-be excuse” than simply admit you screwed up.
I guess that’s how we all get through the day and perhaps that is a special kind of ingenuity in the end.
Realizing that no matter how certain we are we’ve made the right call, sometimes it just turns out the way it’s supposed to, bad or good.
Wisdom doesn’t simply appear with age for I would argue many people learn nothing as they grow older and remain unwise until the end.
In Vegas terms, life is a gamble and our choices are no more than a bet on the poker table and we all must ante up. The stakes can be grossly high or sometimes infinitesimal, but if you’re in the game remember, the house always wins.
May the house be yours in 2021 and all your bets pay off big! Happy New Year, everyone!