Three Christmas Ghosts

Three times today, my simple words evoked angst, eye-rolls, and even tears from different people. For the life of me though, I did not know how — the conversations were ordinary, good-natured, and entirely within character, but the responses were completely unexpected and unsettling.

Genuinely confused, I first wondered how each person could have completely misunderstood my meaning and my intent ~ how each could have misheard.

After some time, the focus shifted: I wondered if somehow my thoughts lost some coherence along the path from between my ears to my mouth ~ that perhaps the burden was my own, that somehow I misspoke.

Lastly, a dystopian thought arrived: Was it possible that I was trapped in a particular reality that only I could see ~ an Alzheimer’s-like shift with others upset in seeing me this way? What had I forgotten? What might I be missing?

I was invited to view this single day in three different ways as my mind struggled to make sense of the experience. I walked through the three different realities and extrapolated, reconsidering past experiences and thinking forward given that particular understanding…

… all while sitting in an easy chair.

Is it sensible to truly believe that any one of the three views is correct? Is it possibe that the correct view still eludes? One question after another, …

… all while my coffee was getting cold.

What is the take-away? How might your life change if you managed to puzzle it all out or were gifted with some particularly clear vision of the truth of it all?

It’s getting close to 5 A.M. with folks opening presents in just a few hours. Best get some sleep.

Merry Christmas 🙂

By Joe

Puzzle Wrestler & Mountain Herder. Math & Computer Nerd since the 80s. Longtime linux (current debian, ubuntu, raspian, centos, gentoo), currently fighting feebsd. Over-complicates networks for fun, occasionally secures them for profit. Develops own tools & services (cli, web services, and lately some android). Degrees in Math, Belts in Aikido. Zen, Motorcycle, Ham Radio, Homebrew (Ale, not Radio), Coffee & Tea, some Mandolin & Fiddle, MDA Advocacy (son with Duchenne), …

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