From The Storyteller
Hello All: I believe this story highlights what many of us think of the events of 2020. Enjoy. Doug
“For Pluggers the fast lane is ten items or less”, my suggestion for Rick McKee’s Pluggers comic strip that made it into the newspapers in 1996, and got me a Pluggers coffee cup that I use every day. It holds the right amount of coffee for a slow sipper like me, is colorful, and is proof I’ve had at least one good idea in my life. It also reminds me that I, like most others, are just plugging along.
This naturally brought to mind a client from years ago, who qualifies as the most optimistic person I have ever encountered. He came seeking legal advice on what he should do if he won the lottery. My recommendation, “Wait to see how much you win”. I didn’t charge for the consultation, and since he never came back, I suspect he didn’t pick the right numbers.
This of course caused me to remember the time my restored 1959 Chevy was stolen in Dallas in 1986. When asked about it I would say something like, “God will bring it back with new tires”. Unbelievably, two years later the Dallas PD called to say they found the car in their impound lot, where it had been sitting for most of those two years. Yes, it had new tires.
Observation: I had no control over the Pluggers comic selection, I only controlled sending my suggestion in. My optimistic client did have control of his number selection, but no control over the winning numbers. I lost control of my 1959 Chevy in 1986, and aside from reporting it stolen, obviously had no control over its return. Which causes me to smile because we’re all sharing a world where there are things we “do” control, and things we “don’t” control.
Moral: Because “don’ts” far outnumber the “dos”, attitude about surprises can be important.