The question is, what do you see?
What do you see? What do you feel? Are there any actions or decisions you’re in the process of making? Or do you find yourself flat-out stymied by life’s abstractions?
Perhaps a gentle spin of your plate either up, down a little, a lot, or in another part of town. Change by itself represents movement. Whether we like it or not, most of the time, backing straight away from any one of life’s abstractions doesn’t clear it or lessen your feeling of the genuine pain actually being experienced.
“If you’re going through hell keep going.”
Note: If you have the desire to become inspired by something an individual accomplished in their lifetime, even if it wasn’t publicly recognized until after said individuals were long gone, you might enjoy reading about the lives of Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, or an actor named Ronald Reagan.
A close friend of mine, who happened to also be a very accomplished athlete in his own right, had a charming way of describing women he greatly respected by often using verbal abstractions. As an example, I was having a conversation with him one day, and I enquired about his ninety-year-old mom’s health. “Oh, you know, Harv,” he said, “she’s a horse!”
…And not to my surprise, the reference to strong women as one of my frequently used guidelines for success was picked up by my very own Cathy Kalmenson. Da harv was well on his way to recovering from Covid and Cathy was being asked how I was doing. “Harvey’s a horse,” she replied.
Maybe it has become time for us to turn towards more good use of abstractions in our everyday life. Give the plate a gentle turn. “Wow, that dog’s got muscle.”
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