I’ve come to believe that the randomness of life is one of or perhaps the hardest thing for people to accept. So much of what happens to us in life really is the result of random chance. Whom we meet, for instance. Sometimes, you just can’t help but meet some one, even if you stay home. And I sometimes can’t help but wonder what other amazing people I might have met, had I taken a different path at some point or another. Some people choose to attribute the outcome of all the random chances they experience as what I might call ‘the hand of God’ and believe that their deity intervenes to cut things there way every now and then.
As it happens, I myself have a great deal of faith and do believe that God puts his fingers on the scales of randomness every now and then to help me out a bit. Yet I find the very randomness of life to be a big part of life’s appeal. As a web publisher I have learned that you never, ever know which posts are going to take off. Sometimes a short little something that you dash off in 20 borrowed minutes will get Stumbled and shared and become one of your all time most popular posts. And other times a pillar post that you spent hours and hours slaving over will just quite, quite fail to get noticed at all. That’s just the way it works. There are of course things you can do to influence most any outcome. (One of the first things new bloggers learn is that if they don’t promote their posts, no one reads their posts; those who don’t grasp this basic lesson fairly quickly usually burn out and quit blogging quite early on, contributing to the extraordinary number of ghost sites on most every platform you can blog on.)
I found myself thinking today that most everything is a choice and most everything has a price. Any choice you make consequentially gives you various options and there are an almost infinite number of solutions to the various sets of problems we call life that can be workable. I’m coming to think that it is incredibly naive for anyone to think that they have an answer or a set of answers that would work well for everyone else. Solving it for yourself is as much or more than most of us can do. Trying to solve it for everyone else is hubris or folly.