Just Imagine ...
Things Go Right
imagine, unlikely as it may seem, things go right. It can happen,
but would you know it? Things could go wrong anyway if you're afraid
to believe it. You have to entertain the possibility of things going
right for things to turn out right.
can boggle the mind to think about how many things have gone wrong
because the people involved were so convinced that things would go
wrong. Major battles have been won by minor forces because of the
superstition, ignorance and pessimism of the superior forces. Inventions
have been overlooked and delayed because of the arrogance and narrow
mindedness of "the powers that be.
of disappointment is one of the biggest and most common obstacles
to things going right. It might seem ridiculous to the "objective"
observer, but the fear of disappointment, the fear of failure and
the common strategy of passive/aggressive resistance, the strategy
of "it's not going to work so why try" is so prevalent and
takes so many forms and occupies so many positions of power that it
is rarely challenged with any persistence. It is a form of cowardice
and a form of laziness. It is supported by abusive people who ridicule
any endeavors that are less than 150% successful and by power
hogs who fear a loss of influence from the success of their "subordinates"
and/or admitting that there are things that they do not understand,
you get down to the bottom line, what's the big deal? What's so bad
about a mistake here and there? How else are we going to
learn and discover?
of the most common products of our "modern society" are
the result of experiments that were otherwise failures, experiments
that were expecting different results. Teflon, the glue on those removable
memo notes, the European discovery of the American continents, many
a scene in successful comedies, and a bunch of other things and events
that are not on the tip of my brain were all unplanned, unexpected
and, indeed, accidental. They were the result of searching for something
else. All these things and more were the result of people saying,
"Hey, let's try it, it might go right. Let's just see what happens."
point is that things can go right even if they don't go as planned.
A little failure can be a character builder or, at least, prove that
lack of complete success is not the end of the world. Of course, there
is a difference between failure and suicide, but most of us can tell
the difference between mortal danger and wounded pride. All of the
discoveries and inventions that exist in the world today are the result
of individual people being open to possibilities and braving the criticism
of skeptical and cowardly contemporaries. These things happen very
slowly because of the attitude of pessimism caused by insecurity,
cynicism and lack of faith which prevails in the world today and has
is a major obstacle to things turning out well. Cynicism says that
anything that looks good is an illusion. The existence of good intentions
is denied by the cynic. The "too good to be true" concept
is a religious precept to these bottomless puddles of pessimism. There
is of course, truth to the saying, but it does not preclude the possibility
of good things happening. Doubt in the face of true good intent discourages
future attempts at carrying out good intention. Cynicism has been
called frustrated idealism and there is much truth in this. Cynicism
is also an illustration of the old maxim that misery loves company."
The cynic is more concerned with bringing others down to its level
of disappointment than with creating any level of success.
CAN go right! The trick is to be open to things being right in a form
that was, perhaps, unexpected. You must entertain the possibility
that things can go right. This may sound simple and obvious, but it
is incredibly rare.
imagine. Imagine things going the way they are planned. Imagine things
turning out better than planned. Imagine a limited success. Look for
the things that went right, even when things turn out differently
than planned. Look at unplanned outcomes as a lesson, do not let disappointment
or frustration cloud your mind. Be brave and bold enough to change
plans. Be fascinated and interested in results, whatever their form.
medieval alchemists never found out how to manufacture gold, but they
did discover many new and useful metal alloys. You may not find the
address that you are looking for, but you will learn new streets,
maybe find a new store or discover the location of a new and enjoyable
club or other organization or even a better job. The mountain might
be too high to climb in one day, but you will find new trails, see
the quicker route or find out that you CAN climb that rock. You may
not be the world's strongest, but you lifted a weight that you never
are things that are possible, things that are not and things that
only LOOK impossible. All big accomplishments are composed of little
accomplishments. An old saying says that the journey of a thousand
miles starts with one step.
your interests and curiosity guide you. Do it for fun, forget about
status and acclaim. You wake up with yourself, you're stuck with your
life and you face yourself as you live and when you die. What you
do and how you look at things is what determines your levels of satisfaction
and self respect. Give life your best effort, there is nothing more
you can do, nothing more that can be expected from anyone. THINGS
CAN GO RIGHT, but only if you try and only if you let them and accept
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