From ten steps aside…

I remember reading in a book, one from the Chicken Soup series, I think (though I still don’t know why I read the book in the first place!) that in every situation, one must always re-assess it from a different perspective. The way it was quoted was what struck me, really:

We must always learn to take ten steps aside and look at the situation in a different way.

Sadly I do not remember whose story it was, but it has had enough impact to last in my mind for a long time, even till this day. As far as I remember, the story was where a woman mistakes another (or perhaps a man?) and keeps shunning him out of miscommunication or some such thing and she learns later on, after it is too late, that the man had no unethical intentions. He was suffering from cancer and all he wanted was a friend to spend the last few days of his life with.

Anyway, the point I’m making here, while perhaps not being all that dramatic and touchy, is nonetheless important.

In one of my earlier writings where I spilled out the first thoughts that occurred to me (and it was the first time I did that, as I remember) I said that I ought not drive a car anymore and made, I confess, strong opinions about the art of driving.

While I still do say that driving is an art, I think I was thoroughly flawed in my outlook that day. Continue reading