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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Don't Be Fooled

A whale doesn't swim in a puddle no matter how vast it is.

Breadth is not a measure of depth, no matter how frequently people behave as if it wasn't so.

17 comments:

Ray Gratzner said...

Maybe the whale is dreaming and he fits in. Or the puddle dreams to be gigantic and the whale fits in or you are right and that fits in.

Tamera said...

I got up a floundering image (before I read the commentary), and hey...I have been found floundering many a time. Hmm ;o))

.ink. said...

@Tami, what gets you out?

.ink. said...

@Ray, maybes of thought and the dreams of imagination flirt with being. To act with bold intelligence and burning passion are the powers that set the world aflame.

Tamera said...

Oh, boy. You keep stumping me with surprise questions (still haven't gotten over the 1 million dollars and dark glasses). Well, I haven't seen any "save Willy" troops galloping down the street lately. I don't know if I can answer that. Some "floundering-funks" are more temporary than others. Sometimes I focus on larger causes, yet while I'm running, I often look back only to see that everyone else has decided to take a nap ten miles back at the last post. Kind of kills the momentum, ya know? I guess I flounder often.

Tamera said...

What gets you out?

.ink. said...

@tamera, hmmm, could it be you are a whale in a pond? :-) And for being ahead of others.. let them rest. We all have our own rhyme and rhythm. I hiked with others up a mountain in Slovenija. The group was so slow and methodical, I was getting exhausted. Finally, I decided to go at my own pace the remainder of the way, and did it without fatigue. Without knowing more about you, I'd recommend running to your own beat :-)

Tamera said...

Well. I guess I'll go get started on that "Save Willy" campaign then.

.ink. said...

Sorry for delay in reply; just returned from Belgrade. Also see your 27 January, 2008 06:10 Comment "What gets you out?" didn't post.

So, "What gets you out?"

There are too many possible answers. "It depends." Depends on what gets a person there in the first place...or continually finds them there. It might be anywhere from innocent mistake to very risky recklessness. It may be due to igorance or not doing what is known to be right. It may be the result of keeping the wrong company. Too often, a person gets there as a result of numerous compromises or transactional expectations that will never be realized. All these can make their ocean become a puddle. Still, "It depends."

A general answer is, if you make a bad cake, throw it out and make another.

Tamera said...

What do you mean by transactional expectations?

.ink. said...

Transactional expectation is based on decision, intent and acts for a specific, and expected, outcome. Transactional expectation works within implicit or explicit understanding or agreement. For example, if I have an understanding with another in doing X, I expect to get Y in return.

There may not be an understanding or agreement with another. I may presume, take a chance, or make a sacrifice, that in doing X, I will get Y from another.

Breach of the first example can ruin trust. Unfulfilled, the second brings unhappiness, dissatisfaction, or resentment.

If either, breached or unfulfilled, are not addressed and corrected, and passively borne or accepted, the ocean in deed becomes a puddle.

Tamera said...

That's what I thought you meant, at least with the first example. You sure hit the emotions tied to number 2. I feel that most people I know have experienced this one at some point.

.ink. said...

Yes, the second eventually happens; it can be suffered once, twice, or occasionally, and can be chalked up to "disappointment".

But when it becomes routine, "What gets you out?" is the second question. The first question is "Do I want to get out?" Out of the muddy puddle, moving into the pristine ocean. Each choice has its solutions and benefits.

Whatever the decision, the authentic purpose is to swim in life, floundering no more.

Tamera said...

I took your advice, and threw out a burned cake yesterday, and made a new one. So, I'll see how it "pans" out. hehe. So far, it feels quite liberating. Thanks.

.ink. said...

Now "you swim in the ocean of life," Bravo! I'm happy for you, Tami.

(And you can use that pan for cooking cakes AND panning for gold :-D

Tamera said...

A magical pan. I can't quite see how that will happen, but I guess I'll have to take your word on it.

.ink. said...

Tami, it was a silly humourous reply with "So, I'll see how it "pans" out. hehe." in mind. All that matters is you felt good :-) May you always feel this.