Friday, December 09, 2011

Minding My Own Business

I am learning. At least trying to. To mind my own business.

There's a part of my brain that just automatically jumps ahead to the logical conclusion of various situations. So, I do the equivalent of saying, "Hey! There's a train headed for you. Get out of the way." Because if I saw someone about to get hit by a train I would tell them, assuming that for whatever reason they didn't see it, hear it, perceive it, or whatever. I believe no one would want to get hit by the train. So, as a fellow human being, it's my duty to say, "Hey! Train! Look out!"

But metaphorical trains are not the same as real trains. People do not want to be warned about the train coming 'round the bend that I can already hear in the distance. They want to see it for themselves and they may have a plan to lay a new track before it reaches them. So, I need to mind my own business. As I'm fond of saying to myself these days, "Busy yourself with your own doins'."

Unfortunately, this seems far easier said than done.

But, as Scarlett famously pointed out, "Tomorrow is another day."
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Judith Robl said...

As an old railroad brat, I can hear that whistle now.

Love the picture. Brings back a lot of memories.

Patsy Terrell said...

I took that in Winslow, Arkansas a year or two ago.