What does this word represent or mean?

You can fast forward and rewind your life with a remote control…but!

 Let me explain:

You are traveling on a train and have a chance encounter with a stranger, who upon overhearing a discussion you were having with your wife about how your lives turned out since accepting the job in 1968 that eventually led to your being transferred to Jacksonville Florida, offers you a “remote control.”

But this is not any “remote control!” This remote control has the ability to allow you to either fast forward or rewind your life.  What do you do?

So many thoughts are rushing through your head. You are happy with your life. But being truthful to yourself you know that there were some moments, that had you done or said things differently, your lives may have changed. Question is would those changes had been for the better or the worse?

Being the realist that he is though, the question does cross his mind and he has to ask: What is the catch?

No catch replies the stranger. But know this, should you choose to rewind back to an earlier time and choose the path not taken – your present status in life may not be the same as it is today.

To which raises the question: What if I decide to use the “fast forward” button and like what my future looks like say ten years into the future? Can I automatically jump forward to that position?

The stranger replied: That is a definite possibility, but…………keep in mind that you will be going from what you know and have experienced up to this point in your life to ten years into the future.

What is wrong with that?

The stranger responded – whatever happened during those ten years will be a complete blank.  Are you prepared to live with that – not knowing how certain things came to be?

Well, he asked the stranger: what is the point of having a “remote control” device such as this?

There is a moral to this story and I am sure when you think about it a little longer now that we have had this brief discussion you will realize what it is. And with that, the stranger proceeded to say the following:

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha

Until next time!

8 thoughts on “Remote Control

  1. Ah, very sneaky my friend! Where the untraveled roads lead, we cannot tell! For better or worse is a mystery, a roll of the dice. Perhaps this magic remote would be better served by pressing the “Pause Button” in our current time? That would give us pause to consider which fork in the road we should take — NOW, at this very moment!

  2. So true, so true. Trust you are doing okay. One of our close friends in Brighton says you folks (Toronto and Quebec) are having it rough with Covid.) Stay safe and stay well my friend.

    1. Things are slowly getting better my friend thanks for asking! I got my first shot in April so I’m feeling a bit safer too. Hope things are well with you and your family? Its still a long ways away but I believe a rainbow is on its way! 😎

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