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Night ponderings

November 13th, 2008 (02:21 am)

It's all very well to seize life with both hands; but what if you seize the wrong one, and the life you've seized should have been left on the coathanger? (This seemed a more serious question when I was in bed.)

I thought that there was some kind of searchlight outside, but it turned out to be the moon. This is the brightest night I've known; the clouds are a serene grey-white in a thoughtful deep blue sky, and the moon shines so that I can make out the branches of the trees in the meadow behind my flat and the details of the houses on the hill leading up to town.

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Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)

I noticed how bright the moon was last night, when we went for a walk; even though it wasn't full, it was casting very strong shadows.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)

It was very close to full, I thought.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)

I had thought it looked a couple of days off, but apparently full moon is tonight.

Posted by: louisedennis (louisedennis)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC)

To stretch you analogy to breaking point and bringing my childhood clothes shopping traumas to the fore.

If you worry too much about whether things would be better off on the coat hanger, you waste huge amounts of time checking every shop in town and getting sore feet only to go back and seize the life you first looked at anyway.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 09:42 am (UTC)

There speaks a voice of reason. :)

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 10:51 am (UTC)

There's a Larry Niven story, "Inconstant Moon", in which the hero works out that the very bright moon means there has been a solar flare, wiping out life on the other side of the Earth.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)

Maybe I did have something to worry about after all!

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Doctor Who

It's all very well to seize life with both hands; but what if you seize the wrong one, and the life you've seized should have been left on the coathanger?

I know this feeling, but I'm not really sure what can be done about it. I suppose it depends on whether you can change things back or whether you just have to make the best of a bad lot.