One-Liner Wednesday — Of Wills and Ways

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“Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.”

I don’t know who originally said this, although it does have a Groucho Marx sensibility to it, don’t you think?

Anyway, when I came across this quote, obviously a humorous variation on the motivational statement, “where there’s a will, there’s a way,” it made me smile. And I knew that I would use it for my next One-Liner Wednesday post.

One-Liner Wednesday — Retirement

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David Letterman, former host of The Late Show on CBS, retired in 2015. He recently announced that he would be returning to TV in a deal with Netflix for six episodes of an hourlong series that will combine long-form interviews with reports from the field. His show is expected to debut next year.

When asked why he decided to come out of retirement to go back to TV, Letterman said:

“If you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first.”

I retired at the end of last year and was looking forward to spending more quality time with my wife. She told me she was, too.

Recently, though, she’s been asking me why I am “always underfoot” and what my plans for the day are.

And last week she asked me if I had given any thought to getting a part time job to, you know, “give me something to do.”

Perhaps I should have considered Letterman’s quote and checked with my wife before I decided to retire.


Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — Analysis Paralysis

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“The trouble with life isn’t that there are no answers, it’s that there are so many answers.”

Anthropologist Ruth Benedict

When I read Dr. Benedict’s quote, I was reminded of something called “analysis paralysis.”

Have you ever been faced with making a decision but you get stuck because there are too many possible options to choose from and you’re afraid of making the wrong choice? That is analysis paralysis.

It is the state of over-analyzing or over-thinking a situation, often because there are so many possible answers. The result is that a decision is never made or an action is never taken.

We spend time looking for the answer — the “right” answer, the “best” answer, the “perfect” answer — when in reality, there almost always is more than one possible, workable, feasible answer/solution for just about every question/problem.

So with all due respect to Dr. Benedict, I take issue with her quote. I don’t think the trouble with life is that there are so many answers. I think that’s the beauty of life. We have choices!


Wriiten for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — Finding Yourself

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I was watching Monday night’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and his first guest was Matthew McConaughey. At one point during Stephen’s interview of McConaughey, the actor said:

“I found myself right where I left me.”

I immediately wrote that down and decided to use that brief statement for my One-Liner Wednesday post this week.

What McConaughey said resonated with me. I think it reflects something we all do at some point — and possibly at multiple points — in our lives. And that is to embark on a journey of personal discovery. We are seeking to find out who we are, who we want to be, and who we can be. We are looking for ourselves.

I’ve taken that journey a few times and I’ve found that it always ends up to be a round trip. That’s not to say there’s no growth during the journey, no evolution of self. There is.

And yet, upon returning from my odyssey of self-discovery, I find that I am still me. Maybe I’m a little more enlightened, more experienced, and certainly a little older. I may have a few more bumps and bruises and be a little worse for wear. At the same time, though, I feel refreshed and invigorated.

But at journey’s end, I mostly find myself right where I left me.


This is my post for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — The Toilet Assumption


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“Most human beings have an almost infinite capability for taking things for granted.”

When I read this quote, just one of many profound thoughts from Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World, I thought of one thing that most of us take for granted: toilets.

Yes, toilets. We all have them. There are three of them in our house alone and each one gets plenty of use multiple times a day.

Think about it. You feel the need to use the toilet, you take care of your business, and once all the paperwork is done, you flush. Poof, all that nastiness is gone. It’s magic.

But where did it go? Who knows? Who cares? Outta sight, outta mind, right?

That’s why Huxley’s words about taking things for granted reminded of a book I read in college, Philip Slater’s 1970 book, The Pursuit of Loneliness. 

Slater’s book was required reading for an introductory economics course I was taking. I don’t remember much from the book except for what Slater called “the Toilet Assumption.”

According to Slater, “Our ideas about institutionalizing the aged, psychotic, retarded, and infirm are based on a pattern of thought that we might call the Toilet Assumption — the notion that unwanted matter, unwanted difficulties, unwanted complexities, and obstacles will disappear if they’re removed from our immediate field of vision.

The Toilet Assumption, in essence, is based on the belief that social unpleasantness, once flushed out of sight, ceases to exist. This, according to Slater, is central to American culture.

So the next time you go to the toilet to accommodate your “social unpleasantness” and to eliminate your “unwanted matter,” remember that you should not take that remarkable, flushable toilet for granted.

After all, it is removing all that crap from your immediate field of vision.


This post was written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

The Meaning of Life

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Have you ever taken the time to contemplate the meaning of life? I don’t do it very often because I’m still not sure life has any real meaning.

No, I’m not a nihilist. I’m just not someone who feels the need to seek out an answer to life’s true purpose or what my role in this world should be, other than to survive as long as I can and to make the most of my short existence on this planet.

Okay, maybe I am a bit of a nihilist.

But the other morning I was sitting at the kitchen table reading the morning paper and drinking my morning coffee and I found myself wondering about life, what it all means, and how I fit in. So I asked my wife, who was sitting across from me busily working on that day’s newspaper crossword puzzle, what she thought the meaning of life is. Without even bothering to look up she said, “Huh?”

“What is the meaning of life?” I asked again.

“I don’t know,” she said, clearly disinterested. “Why don’t you asked Siri?”

So I picked up my iPhone, pressed the home button and said, “Siri, what is the meaning of life?”

This was Siri’s one-line answer:

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That works for me!


This is my entry for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — Self Reflection

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“O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!”

The great Scottish poet, Robert Burns, made this astute observation in his poem, To a Louse.

Now I’m not a big fan of poetry, but back in high school English lit class, we did have to study some of the world’s great poets, including the aforementioned Robert Burns. Of all of his poems we read, one poem, and one particular line in that poem — the one I’ve quoted at the top of this post — stood out to me.

For a more contemporary interpretation of the quoted text, it essentially means, “It would be great if we could somehow have the gift of being able to see ourselves the way other people see us.”

We really can’t see ourselves as others see us, can we? We see ourselves through our own perspectives, our own perceptions, and our own reality. Few of us can understand how we really come across to those around us or to the world.

Wouldn’t it be nice if, even for just an hour or a day, we could know how others view us? I think that seeing ourselves as others see us would be a gift, but perhaps it would actually be a burden. No doubt, though, it would be illuminating.

Maybe you wouldn’t like what you see.

Maybe such a “gift” would cause you to only say and do things that would please others.

Maybe it’s better to stay true to yourself and behave in a way that is natural to you, as an individual, regardless of how you are viewed by others.

In the end, I suppose there’s nothing wrong with a little self-reflection.


This post is for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.