Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A - Z Challenge: O

O is for Oracle.

Sometimes, it would be nice to know what the future will be.  I'm not talking long-range predictions here, or the 'dark, handsome stranger' type.  I just would like to know if the next few hours will unfold without any significant hiccups.  The AGM is today and while I may have the microphone in my own hand - meaning I'm happy - I can't say the same for those who are on the receiving end.

But, back to oracles.  I have an ambivalent regard for oracles as such.  Part of me wants to believe that this is possible.  Yet a bigger part of me has no patience for the idea.  I occasionally read my horoscope but it's more entertainment value than a way to live out my day.  What is more interesting about astrology of any kind is the personality typing.  Now that's fun.  I'm always ready for a personality quiz. 

While my brain plays a pushme-pullyu game of scoffing and wishing, a whole other piece of me is saying: "Wait, I want to be surprised!".  Every day is a new page.  Every corner that I turn has something new to see, some new people to meet and way more new stuff to learn.  I think if I really knew what was going to happen in my life - even for a day - it would be such a letdown.  How can you hope if you already know it's hopeless?  If I knew this afternoon was going to be a disaster would I do it anyway?  Or would I try to change the outcome by working even harder than have?  Is what I consider my best just not good enough? Besides, I've read enough about time travel to know that one never messes with the past - or the future. 

So, I'll not be getting out my ouija board and pretending to believe that that the other person isn't pushing the pointer around.  Instead, I'll have another cup of tea and double check all the papers.  I'll read a book.  Have a nice lunch.  Do some knitting and just relax.  I'm not the only one in charge...I'm just the biggest worrier. 


Ginny said...

I think it is a blessing that we cannot see ahead. We worry and fret so much just with our day to day troubles...if we were to know the future it would be too much for us to handle, one day at a time for me.

EmptyNester said...

I don't know. I'm torn. In a way we women do have the ability to 'see' into the future though- it's called women's intuition! Hey! I just realized I missed your post yesterday. Hold the phone! Oh I LOVE it! Such a sweet post! Especially that last picture- so sweet!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Hope everything went well. I'm pretty sure it is much better not to know the future. ;) blessings ~ tanna

Rudee said...

My mother used to tell me not to borrow trouble. She was right. If we could see into the future, I imagine we'd never take the road less traveled, opting always for the path of least resistance.

My years in the ICU taught me how to relax in the midst of chaos. I was always the one in the crisis who would tell everyone in the room to STOP! TAKE A DEEP BREATH! and miraculously, the calm would descend upon us like magic. I used that trick just last night when I placed my hand firmly on a woman's frantic shoulder. She, a fellow nurse, was beside herself trying to make her mother comfortable. The instant I put my hand on her shoulder, I could feel her entire being relax. She tried to explain how out of control she felt and I told, "I know. I can feel your anxiety. Let's just stand here a moment and breathe." Who needs an oracle when being present in the moment is so much more rewarding than knowing what will come?

What will be, will be.

Perhaps you could start your meetings with a deep breathing exercise that puts everyone in the room front and center in the present, or if you see chaos coming, institute the exercise right then and there.

Stephanie V said...

Thanks for all good wishes...the meeting went well. Any bloopers were mine and, I'm told, only I noticed.


Blog Widget by LinkWithin