Friday, May 15, 2015

Interesting Developments

Imagine a chess board: 64 black and white squares, half occupied at the beginning of the game.  Two opponents face each other, planning, strategizing, weighing risks and calculating costs, sizing each other up.  Hands move across the board, one at a time after long moments, and pieces are moved and removed, one at a time.

A nice metaphor for life, for me, is similar to this.  Instead of two opponents, there is but One.  Instead of 32 pieces, there are 7,125,000,000.  The board is the entire surface of the earth, and, sometimes and often, beyond and below it.  But there is a hand that moves, and moves us, many times in our lives, many more times than we sometimes realize.  And more frequently than we care to realize, the hand moves each one of us and pays special attention to us at special times in our lives.

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety and Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

- Omar Khayyam

Something quite interesting happened to me yesterday.  I was laid off from my job.  Department cutbacks, consolidations, blah blah blah.

But in light of the previous post of last week, it is exactly what I need at this stage of the game.

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