Thursday February 12, 2004

Ignorance is Bliss

[ The third of my responses to last week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Ignorance is Bliss

...if a woman was to see all the dishes that she had to wash before she died, piled up before her in one pile, she'd lie down and die right then and there.
- Aunt Jane of Kentucky, "Anonymous Was a Woman"

What knowledge are you glad you didn't have at the time?
What part of your future are you thankful that you couldn't envision as a child?
What aspects of daily life would have made you "lie down and die right then and there" had you but known?

Of course, if one were to see all of the laundry to be done and folded... all of the bowls of dog food to serve... all of the litter boxes to be scooped... the toys to be picked up... all of the time "spent" waiting for red lights ... time in the dentist's chair... time driving the kids to school (and after-school activities)... time pumping gas... gallons of gasoline pumped! Hours shopping for groceries... gallons of milk purchased... eggs boiled...bread sliced... The pile of bills to be paid... mail to be sifted... trash to be taken out... bottles and cans to be recycled.

A lifetime of events piled into one moment would be insuperable for most people!

It would be best, instead to envision flowers smelled, hugs given and received, books read; to consider hours spent reading to the kids, holding the cat, walking the dog. Think of flowers planted, flowers smelled, letters written, letters read, friends made, conversations enjoyed, good meals eaten in the company of friends and loved ones, Look ahead and see the good memories to be made and stored.

The future's not ours to see... that's a Good Thing!
No matter how long it is, life is too short to spend time dwelling on things like dishes.
Concentrate on the positive. Leave the rest behind.

Ignorance is Bliss ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 12 Feb, 13:21 Pacific | «e»