Last Tuesday the temperature was 4 degrees. Today it is 59 degrees.
A 55 degree increase in less than a week.
We are almost as warm as Miramar Beach, Florida, which is 64 degrees. Though, I am told that it has been unusually chilly in Florida recently.
I watched the first episode of the new Starz television show entitled, Counterpart, last night. It has the exceptionally gifted actor, J.K. Simmons in the title, two roles.
Mr Simmons plays both a mild mannered employee of a large company and a James Bond type spy who is not afraid to use deadly force.
The science fiction premise of the show is that by simply walking through a door in the tunnel, underneath the large governmental building that they work in you enter an alternative universe.
Howard Silk exists in both universes and both have experienced many identical events…but have apparently reacted to the events in different manners…making them quite different personalities.
Thus, illustrating the age old question…are we formed by nature or nurture?
Such is life. How we react to a million choices in our life…steers our life’s direction on its’ path.
During the middle years of my SIU career I almost resigned and started a Pet Boarding Facility in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
If I had, I probably would not be retired now and setting on my porch enjoying the unusually warm weather, for January, and writing this blog.
How many times have our choices in life, seemingly very small ones, still had a lasting effect on the direction that we began traveling?
If your mother and father had not met…there would be no…you.
As we go through our high school and college years we can not help but notice that there are stars among us. Those students who seem to have the world by the tail and who are academic successes, seemingly without sweating to much, and, not to mention the sports elite…who, as my mother used to say, ‘the world is their oyster.’
Now, often these gifted individuals go throughout life continually climbing the ladder of success and achieve much.
Although, others, of the anointed group, seem to peak in either high school or college and, at times, travel backward, on the road of life for no other reason than the choices that they have made.
Then, there are those who seemed to be lacking in ability during their school years…who go on to achieve success that their fellow students would not have thought possible.
Often, the homeless, have experienced many of life’s successes and blessings…but have fallen upon hard times due to financial reversals, mental illness, addictions, and in general, the vacillating vicissitudes of life, as my former pastor used to preach.
Wealth can be acquired by hard work and dedication to the struggle to obtain it…but it is seldom that there are not, ‘breaks’ or events that enable the accrual of monetary success.
Wealth can be lost, overnight, and if you do not believe it ask the millionaires and billionaires of 1929…the day before the stock market crash…The Great Depression.
‘The Road Not Taken’
by Robert Frost
‘Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.