Unforeseen Circumstances.

Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where Akanksha, Anu, Ashok, Conrad, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Magpie11, Maria the Silver Fox, Padmum , Rohit, Will knot, and I write on the same topic. Please do visit the linked blogs to get thirteen different flavours of the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by gaelikaa.

“It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.”
~ Unknown Author

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Unforeseen circumstances happen because we project our current state of mind to the future, without taking into account all possibilities that are likely to influence the future. For instance, when I was planning for my retirement, possibilities of illness and care-giving responsibilities were never in my wildest dreams. Actual retirement therefore, became unforeseen circumstances for me ten years ago, and during all the ten years, I have continued to believe in the beauty of my dreams and know that they will come true. I have however factored in unforeseen developments to throw a few spanners in the works and am prepared to face the unforeseen developments too.

That is wisdom by hindsight. Unfortunately, I keep coming across people who keep on imagining futures full of joy and happiness based on their current situations and imagining that when the current situation changes to what the future promises or is hoped for, to be, they will be in Valhalla. When that does not happen, disappointment sets in and whymeitis sets in. The frequency with which I come across, “if only” predictions remain precisely that, wishful thinking.

For instance, I just met a newly married young lady who went against the wishes of her parents to marry a colleague, only to find the man an unpleasant oaf in the mornings, and to add insult to her injury has changed his mind about finding a place of their own and insists on staying with his parents. From all accounts, perhaps one sided, but all that I am privy to, the mother in law is a termagant. I doubt that the couple will see their first wedding anniversary. Was it really unforeseen? Could the very troublesome situation have been avoided by some careful investigations prior to the marriage?

Unforeseen circumstances are so, precisely because they were unforeseen. If only we can visualize the future with some built in variations, our disappointments will be that much less. But I am afraid, human beings are not programmed that way. And, there is also the high improbabilities of forecasts coming true one hundred percent; and we never seem to learn from such failures to forecast accurately. This too is a peculiar human condition and I am not an expert to comment on why this is so, but am just making an observation.

I think that I would rather be like Bruce Lee who said – “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”

And look what happened to him! He died at the age of 32, at the peak of his career and popularity. The official cause of death was acute cerebral edema (swelling of the brain) brought about by a hypersensitivity to aspirin. Bruce’s brain was found to have swollen from a normal 1,400 grams to a lethal 1,575 grams.

New Mast.

I have just changed the look of the mast on my blog.

I have removed the “hindsight” of the elephant and instead inserted a rear view mirror showing lightening in the back.

I had originally inserted the elephant’s rear in response to a reader’s query as to what I meant by “hindsight”. I had posted about it in one of my blogs to oblige another reader who has since then, stopped visiting and commenting on my blog. No, I did not kick her out.

Had my friend Conrad anything to do with that decision, (He has been dreaming of sailing away to the South Seas and retire on an island inhabited by only people like these.) he would have insisted that I use this one.

Now here is the challenge. Why did I choose the rear view mirror for the change?

Since posting this on the web, I have had the pleasure of reading Ursula’s comment which has inspired me to add a few lines more.

Ursula says, “Ramana, what a well rounded person you are.

I am sure your new (half) mast will grow on us. Though I will miss the elephant and its sweet, so very expressive, tail.”

Let me respond to her comment here to generate some humour, I hope, here.

Ursula, you haven’t seen me. But I can assure you that I am indeed well rounded. Not quite obese, but some people who have seen me and comment on my posts have called me Humpty Dumpty Rummy. Wait for a couple of days and another blog post on my well roundedness is likely to appear.

You must go back and read my post “The Lungi” to appreciate this picture below. We call this the half mast lungi. When I want a little freedom of movement, I wear the lungi, which is my normal attire, in this fashion. Alas, I wish that I could look like that model!

Kick The Bums Out.

Looney has this pithy post on his blog under Signs of the Times.

My regular readers will remember how the elephant’s rear view got on to my mast. It was a reader’s query as to what exactly I meant by my tag-line “Wisdom By Hindsight”. I obliged.

Since then, the irrepressible Millie has been flooding me with various alternatives for the elephant. Some very appealing, and some grotesque. She is convinced that I am obsessed with hindsight.

Another reader with who I shared my problem with Millie came up with another angle to it. She offered four alternatives to my blogging name of Rummuser. They are:

  • Bumrum
  • Rumbum
  • Bigbumrum and
  • Bigrumbum

Unfortunately for this mischievous lady, I have invested a great deal of time and effort on the equity of that name.  Have can I possibly ditch that name?

I have turned down the suggestion, but invite my readers to suggest which of the four alternatives would be a good fall back name to use, if ever I change my mind.  I personally like the last.  It has a robust resonance to it.  And as Conrad would put it, said aloud by a sonorous baritone, it would sound very impressive indeed.

Before my Scottish nephews get offended, I offer what they had suggested as the alternative graphic to the elephant. The Scottish equivalent of the American Cheer leaders. This has a lot of merit too. What do you think?

Wisdom With Foresight.

My byline is “Wisdom By Hindsight”. Someone decided that I was eligible for this message and sent it to me by email. I leave it to me readers to come to their own conclusions about the wisdom of the sender of this message.

frog and wisdom

This guy is 72 years old and loves to fish.

He was sitting in his boat the other day
when he heard a voice say, “Pick me up.”

He looked around and couldn’t see anyone..

He thought he was dreaming when he heard the voice say a gain, “Pick me up.”

He looked in the water and there, floating on the top, was a frog.

The man said, “Are you talking to me?”

The frog said, “Yes, I’m talking to you. Pick me up then kiss me and I’ll turn into the most beautiful woman you have ever seen. I’ll make sure that all your friends are envious and jealous because I will be your bride!”

The man looked at the frog for a short time,
reached over, picked it up carefully, and placed it in his front breast pocket.

Then the frog said, “What, are you nuts? Didn’t you hear what I said? I said kiss me and I will be your beautiful bride.”

He opened his pocket, looked at the frog and said,
“Nah, at my age I’d rather have a talking frog.”

With age comes wisdom.