Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Oracle

Many of us are searching for answers in our lives. Answers to questions that eat at our flesh, that hold us back, that have defined who we are today and have shaped our existence. These questions have formed lines on our faces and across our hearts. What if you had an opportunity to finally be given the answers to some of these questions? The who, what, when, where, and, most importantly, why of it all. Would you reach out and take that chance? Certainly, one should expect that the answers would come far too late to change anything or to recover anything. Perhaps the answers might serve only to uncover wounds that remain raw and sensitive to this very day, though, perhaps, they are lurking just below the surface.

Questions such as why a loved one committed suicide or felt such hurt as to let drugs and alcohol take over their lives and lead to their demise. What about the hurt of relationships ending or betrayals from once trusted friends? What about the questions related to why many of us feel so screwed up today? Are the answers worth bringing up the past and re-exposing the hurt and pain? Exposing old scars and sensitivities from the past? Perhaps the answers would convict you more than you could imagine, more than you could bear. Adding more weight to an already overwhelming burden. Is it possible that the answers to such questions could bring some degree of healing? Somehow finally closing the chapter on old haunting episodes?

My natural inclination has always been to avoid seeking the answers in these situations. This is a form of self-protection, and maybe, even a form of denial. But, what if I told you that a penny invested today could perhaps lead to a windfall tomorrow? Would you unhesitantly take this opportunity, understanding what could come your way with wisdom, patience, and time? I suspect that the answers to many of life's deepest and most personal questions could fit into this scenario, this great "What if?". Answers could allow you to finally understand why you and others made the choices that you did. Winston Churchill once said, "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.".

The table has been prepared. The chairs have been pulled out. So, why am I such a coward, such a fool at times, not to sit down and listen to the answers when they are available?