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Cause and Effect – Does Fate Exist?

I was listening to a radio show, possibly Radio Lab, the other day while running errands. There was a conversation about fate with a quantum physicist who used the example of whether choosing chocolate or vanilla ice cream determines your path in life.  Of course, he denied the plausibility of this concept.

What about fate?

I made some facetious remark on my FB feed about how the discussion only made me crave ice cream.

Geez, that is so not true!

Days, even weeks, later and I am still thinking about it.

Let’s say you chose chocolate, and ended up spilling some on your shirt.  This causes you to take it to the dry cleaner the next day.

Going to the dry cleaner changes the course of your life because you end up running into someone or having a conversation that makes you inspired to look into <x>, and you end up <changing your career, meeting the next person with whom you have a relationship, or trying something new/old/xx> that changes your current direction.

Or Not.

Then again, you could have chosen vanilla, not had any mishaps and continued with your plans.  Does this change the course of your life, or are you following a pre-established script?

I don’t have the answers. Nor do I really have any beliefs around it.

I had a conversation with a co-worker who told me that she feels that “things happen for a reason.” I replied that I don’t believe that, but I do believe that “things turn out, one way or another,” which to me is realistic and non-committal.  However,  my co-worker felt we were saying the same thing.  I disagree because I think her point of view implies some kind of faith, and mine reflects reality.  I guess if faith is your reality then they could possibly be conceived as the same perspective.  But faith, especially blind faith, is not my reality.

I’ve had a week or so to ponder this, and I also realized that Fate and Fatal are similar sounding words.

Interestingly, the full definition of fate is about the end or final outcome:

Full Definition of fate

  1. 1 :  the will or principle or determining cause by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do :  destiny

  2. 2 a :  an inevitable and often adverse outcome, condition, or end b :  disaster; especially :  death

  3. 3 a :  final outcome b :  the expected result of normal development <prospective fate of embryonic cells> c :  the circumstances that befall someone or something <did not know the fate of her former classmates>

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this post.  I’m still mulling it over.  I will admit that I believe that certain things will happen, like being in a relationship again, and I do believe in the power of intention.  I also think that once you start thinking about things, you start to notice events or occurrences that relate to your thoughts.  They would still be there otherwise, it’s just that you happen to notice them since they’re on your mind.  Then some people might call it a crazy coincidence, but it’s really just a matter of observation.

Who knows?  I just had to get these thoughts out of my mind and onto (virtual) paper.

Your thoughts?

What I’ve Been…

I have been remiss in posting and want to give a quick update of what I’ve been doing…

ABBREVIATED VERSION
knitting
The Poncho
reading
I Am Pilgrim
beading
Herringbone stitch
eating
No sugar
planning
Trip to Italy
playing
Golf
doing
Tidying Up along with the usual procrastination and daydreaming (all part of the process)

UNABRIDGED VERSION
knitting
The Poncho for my friend. This pattern is two 50″x24″ rectangles that are sewn together to make a poncho. It’s quite creative, but very slow-going because I have been so distracted lately.
reading
I Am Pilgrim for my book club.
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I keep reminding myself that I joined the book club to read books that I normally would not pick out on my own. This is one such book. It’s about spies and terrorists and murders and 9/11. All things that are very bleak. I have been depressed about the state of the world while I’m reading this book.
beading
Herringbone stitch – I am digging this stitch! I think it looks more professional than the peyote stitch and I am having such fun with it.  (Just a visual reference below – another post with my own projects to follow…)

eating
No sugar…again. I fell off the No Sugar Wagon awhile back – a little in my coffee, a sweet now and again, and before I know it, I’m eating a lot of sugar. Now I am avoiding it along with gluten, and it makes the No Thanks choices so much easier. I am sleeping better and am not hungry or have any cravings.  There was cake at work yesterday (I am a frosting fanatic!) and I looked at it…did think about that frosting…but walked on by and did not go back. Yay me!
planning
Trip to Italy – coming up…going with college friends. Can Not Wait!
playing
Golf – oh my goodness. I am addicted! I played twice last weekend. I think that it’s mathematical, exercise without thinking you’re exercising, and social. And you only play against yourself really, so no one else is depending on you to do well, like in a team sport.
doing
Tidying Up along with the usual procrastination and daydreaming (all part of the process). I tidied up my books, er, let me clarify, my non-knitting, non-beading, non-craft-oriented books. I had some from college and decided I could let go of them. Now I’m trying to decide if my art books should be donated to Goodwill or given away. I want to make sure they go to nice homes.

The trip is almost upon us and I’m sad that I’m already making plans for when I get back…except that they include golf, knitting, beading and getting together with friends.  Oh, yes, and book club.  It will be interesting to hear everyone’s opinions.

Also, use that reply box down there to offer up other book club suggestions. I’d love to see what other clubs are reading.

Arrivederci!

Procrastination Counts

Procrastination Counts

I am a procrastinator.

I like the process of planning things.

I like the process of doing things; I’m not that interested in the finished product.

I like beginnings but not endings.

I think these innate traits make me a natural procrastinator.

Procrastination Counts

However….

Lately, I’ve been wondering how many times do I need to think about doing something before I’ll actually do it.

Like, empty the dishwasher, take the garbage out, move the papers to the recycle bin (ugh, all cleaning activities!).

Procrastination Counts

Before, the count (of how many times do I…) was a solid 5.

Now, it’s about 3.

The other day, it was actually 1!

Crazy.

Offensive Celebrities

I never really thought that Jerry Seinfeld would fall into the offensive celebrities category, but unfortunately he has now entered that world.

When a celebrity does something offensive, there is the risk of making him/her more popular by pointing a finger at it.  Publicizing the work makes the view count rate go up, thus perhaps making the celebrity’s work more profitable.

However, the backlash toward Brian Williams’ helicopter confession has made me stronger to publicly take a stand.

I have enjoyed the first 2 or 3 seasons of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee web series. I recently watched the episode with Jon Stewart, and felt very uneasy about their casual conversation about concentration camps  (at the 7:40 mark).  The remarks and their own laughing were about the title “concentration camps” and whether or not this wording is accurate.  I find this conversation and their own subsequent self-amusement to be in extremely bad taste, and I certainly would never accept the reasoning that it’s okay because they are Jewish.  I would say because they are Jewish, that makes it even worse.

Offensive Celebrities

http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/jon-stewart-the-sound-of-virginity

Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart are solid pillars of the Comedic Industry.  They’ve expanded their outreach beyond my generation to my children who also enjoy their work. They are reaching a wide audience.  They should know better than to joke about this.  They have crossed the line, and I hope that the younger generation also feels that this is not right.

I don’t feel that I am usually a high-and-mighty or holier than thou kind of person. I prefer to think that while others may do things that I don’t agree with, as long as it’s not hurting anyone, I can just leave them alone and go my own way.

Regardless, I must stand up against this 2 minute conversation. It should have been edited out.

Early note for New Year’s Resolutions

I am admittedly into New Year resolutions.

Sometimes the better resolutions come to mind before (or after?!) January!

I found this in some notations I had made over the summer:

I am going to be true to myself, keep my eyes open, and be open to possibilities.

Food for thought as the new year approaches.

Feeling Old These Days

I’ve been feeling old lately.  But in a good way.

DDSO’s birthday is two weeks away.  I’m not dreading it as in the past couple of years, but it is still out there, waving its hand at me.  Two weeks after that is his yahrzeit (anniversary of his death).  I’ll get through it as I have the past two years.

My birthday is 2 weeks after that, and I’m looking forward to it.  I’ll accept every year that comes!

The feeling old part – I guess I’m finally getting my act together, understanding and accepting who I am and putting myself out there – yes, it’s me, here I am!

Who am I?

Among a myriad of other descriptions, I am…

Someone who enjoys knitting and high heels.

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