No one has to do anything. No one forces us to get out of bed in the morning to go to work. We might get out of bed and go to work each day because we choose not to live on a park bench in the summer or in a box under a bridge in the winter. We may choose to go to work because we don’t want our parents or some other significant persons in our lives to think badly of us, that we’re lazy, no-account folks.
Maybe some of the choices we make to satisfy one area of our lives conflicts with another area. Maybe the type of work we’ve chosen to make money so we won’t have to live under a bridge dictates doing things we resent doing. Maybe the religious order we’ve chosen for a majority of reasons is dictating a few minority things that we just don’t fully agree with, don’t want to do.
Whatever it is, it’s always about choices, never about have-tos.
Our lives are huge balls of yarn. Some of us have the time or the smarts or the skill to keep our balls of yarn tidy. Many of us, we unwind a few feet of yarn from the ball with the intention to wind it better or tighter, then the phone rings and we have to take some prints over to the warehouse and go over them with the civil engineer and when we get back to the ball, the yarn’s all tangled. We’ve pulled it with us out to the car and all the way to Apollo and International and back.
“No matter,” we say, as we begin working on rewinding the yarn. Then the boss calls an impromptu meeting, so we stop and rush to conference room C2300 with our Franklin Planners and coffee. There’s a lot going on in Salt Lake City. Who would have guessed? We get assigned to a big project. We get back to our desk and there’s the ball of yarn a lot smaller now, with more looping, loose yarn than wound yarn. Now it’s been across town and back, to the conference room and back, and it’s headed for Salt Lake City. It’s out of hand.
I say I don’t like unwound yarn. I say I didn’t choose it. But I had to have chosen it. I don’t see anyone else in here.
I’ve got my coconuts and I’m ready to ride. Be back in a month or so.
Out of pocket films from http://www.outofpocketfilms.com/OutOfPocket_BW.jpg
Monty Python “Holy Grail” pic from http://media.canada.com/01135ebc-53cc-4d7b-8172-cbc446f9b580/dumas.jpg
The above is part of Sunday Scribblings prompt “#122 – Do I have to?” Click here for more on prompt #122 from other Sunday Scribblings participants.