“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is the power to choose our response.”
Often in my life, I was like water. But not in the way you expect.
Before I tell you about that, let’s see how we all see water first.
We are mostly water. Most of the vegetables we eat are water. Most of Planet Earth is water.
Water is the source of life in this rock we call Earth. Life can be soft as a blow of wind at the beach.
Water can be harder than the toughest rock in the universe when hit at high speed, like those non-newtonian fluids.
What do I have in common with water?
I am a fool. And I share that one common trait with water.
All kids do that at the beach. They dig a trench, and automatically some water will rush into the hole.
Like water, a fool is easily diverted. ANd I have been a fool most of my life.
I often relapse now and then. I am a fool in the recovery process.
This is how “fool” my dash is.
I was far from having a full dash.
These are the two dashes that we have to make full if we don’t want to live like a fool for the rest of our lives.
A. Dash between birth and death
I recently moved to a new place in a city where we settled with my family. We chose the area because it is close to work and the kindergarten is between the two locations.
Yet, there is a caveat. Closer to my place, there is a cemetery. It is on my way to work and wherever I want to go.
Think about the most significant person that matters to you. Think about all their accomplishments and their titles, their possessions.
Now picture their tombstone. All their life is summed up in the most potent resume: