“Drowning men, it is said, cling to wisps of straw.”
There may be nothing worse than the feeling of something slipping away from you.
Standing there just watching whatever it is slip away like water through fingers.
Okay. Maybe worse?
The feeling like it is all slipping away from you and there is really nothing you can do. And, yet, you will cling to anything … even wisps of straw hoping you can hold on to whatever it is that is slipping away.
It is a helpless feeling.
Especially the first time you drown.
Oh. Yes. I just said “first time.”
Yeah. You can actually drown many times in Life & business.
That’s the thing with Life <and much of business>.
This kind of drowning rarely kills you in Life <real drowning does>. It really only kills the moment, the ‘thing’, the feeling, the opportunity, the whatever.
Here is a Life truth about why it sucks so much.
Moments, ‘things’, feelings, opportunities, possibilities – die fast .. like in the blink of an eye. In a blink of an eye what was possible simply disappears and is no longer possible.
“In the blink of an eye, what was possible is possible no longer.”
Despite this blink of an eye timing … we see the situation as drowning. This means we cling to wisps of straws that are not really there. And we call it drowning but in reality we are already ‘dead’ <with that opportunity>.
Here is the good news.
While this feeling sucks, it is easily recognized. And because it is easily recognized , if we truly pay attention, we can avoid wasting energy and time clinging to the wisps of straws and swim away to something else.
I am not suggesting this is easy.
I simply suggest recognizing something is half the battle.
I simply suggest we should not ignore the easy part because drowning is rarely sneaky.
Let me end with where I began – clinging to wisps of straw. We all will drown. It’s just part of living Life to its fullest. Therefore I would suggest it is incredibly important to recognize that we are desperately clinging to only little wisps of straw and, instead, should be seeking to swim away to seek the next moment and opportunity to, well, fly.