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Thursday, February 15, 2007

The sum of all our fears…





















To be A.T.W.P.A.T.W.T. at the wrong place at the wrong time.

This can apply to anything one can think of.
Crime, accidents, embarrassing situations, fortuitous encounters, etc…
Many innocent bystanders are implicated in crimes they have not committed just because they were A.T.W.P.A.T.W.T

People are often labelled “lucky” because they have avoided accidents by just a few seconds. The unlucky ones happened to be A.T.W.P.A.T.W.T.…

Have you ever been caught with your pants down or walked in on embarrassing or compromising situations.

But what if we happened to be A.T.R.P.A.T.W.T. at the right place at the wrong time or A.T.W.P.A.T.R.T. at the wrong place at the right time…

Do you really believe that things are meant to happen the way they do?
Just by chance...
Or could there be a giant egg-timer tic-tocking away while we are shuffled around like puppets on a string ...
Should we just blame our failures on bad timing?
Could we bend time to find ourselves at the right place?

The sum of all my fears is that I may have been A.T.R.P.A.T.R.T. and known bugger all about it.

17 Comments:

Blogger ValGalArt said...

I'm not sure about it all but I guess it's how you deal with it that counts! It bugs me when people say it was meant to be! Or everything happens for a reason. How do they know. It's even more ludicrous when people say they will put it in you know who's hands. Absurd! Glad you are back!

15/2/07 6:31 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Sadly most of us only know that we're A.T.R.P.A.T.R.T. after the event. All you can do is vow not to miss it in future.

15/2/07 6:54 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

We try to find meaning in everything. So much so that we become lost sometimes.

Life moves so fast, I'm just trying to keep up.

16/2/07 5:34 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

I agree with you, Val about those who drift along hoping to catch a good wave... But I also think that, though we try our best to steer our lives according to our wishes and aspirations, they are invariably shaped by where we happen to be at a given time...
And I am afraid, I am one of those who do believe that things do happen for a reason. Nothing too philosophical but just a logical reason if we really get down to the nitty-gritty...

Julie, I think we usually do know, really. Whether we realise the importance is another question...

Hi, Christine! I know we do and yes, we often get bogged down in unnecessary details... Keep flying, girl!!

16/2/07 9:45 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I must refer you to a post I read moments ago. YOu will like it. It's short don't worry. look here.

16/2/07 2:15 PM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

A wise man once told me (get a glass of wine guys, this is deep):

"In order never to get lost, dispense with direction."

He was in Peterhead high security prison at the time.

I rest my case, your Honour.

16/2/07 2:57 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Mary, that was a very inspiring post. Thanks!

Daphnée, I get it! Mais je crois que j'ai perdu les clés du royaume...

16/2/07 9:29 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

cream, I'm glad to see you back.

I'm not good at regrets. I give it my best shot, try hard to be thoughtful and reasonably insightful, and then figure I did all I could. I know it's easy to get caught up in the what ifs... but it doesn't help, does it? must learn from mistakes when possible and keep plowing forward.

17/2/07 2:51 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

The reason is not always clear. What if a stranger hurt you, someone you never harmed and you are a good and decent person who thought they had good karma. What would be the reason? This is why I am not sure about the whole reason theory.

17/2/07 6:33 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i totally value your feelings on this idea! I think that life is about creating joy and spreading joy in all the ways we can. It's about being of action, if at the moment that you have opportunity seizing it, because you are ready! Sometimes it takes a while to be ready and to recognize the opportunity. Usually one realizes these things after the fact. I always enjoy your thought provoking posts screaming cream!

17/2/07 6:50 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

No, it does not help, Hayden. But it is only human nature to think of the "what ifs"...

Yes, Val, you have hit the nail on the head!!! The word "READY" is very important.
Glad you enjoy these posts! Must think of something else.

17/2/07 11:09 AM  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

I prefer the Giant Egg Timer theory myself.
Some knots take a little more time to unravel Cream...overthinking is as paralyzing as completely leaving it to chance...I have tried both methods (much to the delight of the Fates) and now I just try to stay in the middle of the road.
I make a lot of other travellers nervous because I am IN the middle of the road so a lot of people honk at me and give me the finger.

I need to pick a lane someday too so I am hardly qualified to hand out advice..even if it's free!.

17/2/07 4:52 PM  
Blogger My Marrakech said...

I don't like the idea of people just accepting their fate and not trying to change it. But I do feel that there is some kind of order in the universe, especially when terrible people do terrible things: I think that that universe has a way of sending them a lesson.

18/2/07 8:05 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

You're right, H.E. about overthinking! I think I am going to try the fence next!

Welcome, Marrakesh! I definitely agree that people should not accept their lot but there are times when they cannot do anything about it. They are either not ready or their hands are tied.

18/2/07 11:46 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Two minutes.... I was once in the wrong place at the wrong time and I got smashed a lot. The 6 seconds while I was getting smashed(knowing I was dead) I hung on (prayed)and fought for my kids' lives... we made it. My life changed forever and I haven't had a pain-free day since, but I'm still here kicking. Every moment/day/year is a bonus!
I know two minutes can make a world of difference.

24/2/07 1:00 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

What an frightening experience it must have been, L!
Glad you came out of it even if you still feel the pain.

24/2/07 10:45 PM  
Anonymous guyana-gyal said...

Hi Cream! wave, wave, how you doin'?

This is how this whole kismet thing happens...there's a Big Book with Things written in it...and sometimes Things get rewritten or erased. Or that's how I imagine it.

25/2/07 9:42 PM  

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