No, not that.
There’s a great Monty Python bit in which the suitor is talking to his intended wife’s father. The abbreviated version would go something like this.
Graham Chapman: “Do you have a position?”
Michael Palin: (Snort) “I cleans public lavatories.”
Graham Chapman: “And is there a potential for promotion?”
Michael Palin: “Yeah–after five years they gives me a brush.”
We spend the first quarter of our life preparing to take on a position. The next two quarters of our lives, we define ourselves by our positions. Finally, we learn that our position is what we do, not who we are.
Jackson Browne (with, perhaps some help from his neighbor Don Henley) may have said it best in “Running on Empty”:
Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive
We are who we are and we do what we do–don’t confuse them.
First, I sat down and started to write. An ant walked across my screen. Then another. And another. (Yes, I know it sounds like the Monty Python bit, “A Minute Past.”)
My computer has been invaded by ants.
Other people’s computers get viruses – mine gets ants.
So I decided to play with the dog. As you may know, Louis is a hound just over a year old. He’s grown on the outside but a big puppy on the inside. A very BIG puppy. During the recreational activities he lunged and hit me in the nose.
I’m sure tomorrow at work people will ask. “Who punched you?”
Rather than try to explain I’m just going to say, “Big Louie. It was just a playful tap.” Let their imaginations run wild.
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