Sunday, January 25, 2009

Manufactured Messes 1/25/09

It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them.

Joseph de Maistre
Hello Friend.

When will I ever learn?

When I was a tot, still in the crawling league, out of curiosity I stuck my head in between the posts on the banister of a flight of stairs. When I couldn't remove it I cried. My mother came to see what the trouble was and said "You got your head in there, you've got to get it out." With great difficult and discomfort I did. And did I learn my lesson?

I have been getting myself into impassible fixes as often as I could for the past 6 or 7 decades. I am a great authority in how to get myself extricated from awful problems that I have created for myself. But, as for knowing how to prevent getting into them in the first place, I'm a dunce.

Why do we do those things? Is it because we're stupid? Or is it because life isn't interesting enough? Or are we all amateur Houdinis as de Maistre suggests, giving ourselves painful challenges just for the joy of solving them, putting ourselves in life threatening situations for the pleasure of surviving, getting stuck in some desperate bondage that we can't get out of just for the glee of escaping?

Every time I work my way out of some trap I've set for myself I give thanks that I've learned my lesson and go on my eccentric, vagabond way knowing that I wont let it happen to me again. Ah, but the subconscious spider is already at work preparing my next disaster. And when I get caught in it I know that one day I will be able to raise my arms and shout "free at last," But for how long?

At least now, when I see a mountain, instead of trying to climb it, I walk around it.

To those of you who keep getting your heads stuck between life's banister posts, I say "I know, I know. Grow up. Knock it off. Take it from me. Don't do it."

I wish you a safe and simple Sunday
DB Vagabond Journeys

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Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Keeping an eye ahead, vs. what is behind, goes a long way to avoiding the banisters of life.

Linda's World said...

That cliche by Joseph de Maistre is great. I think all of us behave that way to a certain extent. Absolutley, some more than others. Is it stupidity? I don't think so, I think a lot of times we get ourselves into sticky situations because maybe we're not toally focused on what we're doing, where we're going ~ whatever. Our minds are busy, busy all the time and we loose focus. And sometimes we end up ~ not where we meant to be. I'm wondering if Sunday will bring us snow here in the Pacific Northwest....Linda

Big Mark 243 said...

I don't know if it is a 'pleasure', but if you don't try to learn from what you think is an error, then maybe it is a pleasure.

Beth said...

This made me grin. I hope your future is banister-free. :)

Alice said...

Hi DB. This is just one of the best insights to "who you are" and it was so much fun to read. You sound so much like my very intelligent daughter. I try to keep her "grounded" but she does have a will of her own :)......

Kathy said...

Life is a process. We all have challenges and have to find ways to deal with them. I feel like I'm doing well when I go longer between incidents. Insead of every week I'm dealing with stuff twice a year now. Progress not perfection.

Sounds like you're doing much better too with your stategy of walking AROUND rather than going over or through.

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

I'm in touch with this, so is my cat, Briege, who was twice removed from my heating system before any sizzling took place. I'd rather be a beehive of activity and get stuck once in a while that sit around and do nothing. ~Mary