Remote Control

What if you could fast forward and rewind your life with a “remote control?”

How would you choose which portions of your life you would like to live over (rewind) so that you might just change a thing or two in your past? You know those things when thinking back to times gone by you say to yourself, gee, if I had it to do all over again – I think I would have done so and so.

But then that also raises the question – if I do change something I did in the past, will such action/change disrupt the future?

In my opinion, such a scenario presents one with a “Catch-22” situation. According to Merriam-Webster – a Catch-22 situation is a difficult situation for which there is no easy or possible solution.

Before one decides to rewind using this “remote control” device, one must take into consideration exactly where they are in life at that particular moment in time. Are they happy? Are they content? Are they in want of anything?

Same thought process must be given to fast forwarding one’s life using the remote control. Fast-forwarding one’s life say five years into the future means that you would forego the experiences one might have gone through during those five years. All the little nuances and experiences that unfolds as one goes through that five year period will not be remembered as they will already have taken place.

And then there is also the possibility that five years into the future may reveal that you are in a worse place than you are in the present. What then? Again with the Catch-22 situation.

So, rather than look to a “remote control” device to “Fix” our lives – perhaps we should remember the words of Lao Tzu who said:

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”



About iglengel

Welcome to my blog: I retired in September of 1996 after twenty-five years as an Underwriting Manager (and one year with a smaller insurance company) and have written blog postings on the website prior to setting up this Word Press free site. Having retired almost twenty years ago I have experienced my own retirement transition. I survived and you will too. Oddly enough, now that I have more time, I am discovering various things about myself that I would not have imagined myself doing in retirement. Why does it take so long for, we as individuals, to stop and think about ME!? Join me as I share with you some of the shenanigans we have been up to since retiring. Retirement is and can be a whole lot of fun. Welcome to my site – remember – retirement is not the destination we are seeking – it is the journey! I encourage you to visit often, provide comments, ask questions and add your own insights. We are all on this journey together.
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3 Responses to Remote Control

  1. Sue says:

    Loved this one! So true & good pause for thought.

  2. Oh so how many times have I wanted to explore the idea of reliving great moments, only to gather photos and reminisce without the catch-22

  3. But then again, it’s the past that has made you who you are today 🙂

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