words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

You Can’t Undo What You have Never Done

How Can I Undo the Things I’ve Never Done….

Sometimes we see ourselves as a reflection of our past,
present and future. The lenses in which we view our lives in all its complexity
are often distorted by the noise of our thoughts and the subsequent choices we’ve
made.

At times I ask myself, how I can undo the things I’ve never
done. Because in my mind, through those very lenses, I will with visceral
uncertainty see things not as they really are.

So in conclusion—living within the sphere of ambiguity—I’ve
come to realize that you have to bring something—something significant to the
table, and if you don’t, you may discover that your invitation and acceptance
speech has been rescinded.

But then that’s life—trying to undo the things, you’ve never
done.

How can you undo what you have never done

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12 responses

  1. Nice message. Personally I am just trying to do the things that I never did…then I’ll go undo some of them.

    September 25, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    • So true Bunny Baxter. There are things we should have done, that at this point in time would have changed things. But alas you just can’t turn back the hands of time.

      September 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm

  2. Great message here. Sometimes I find that I don’t do things for fear of the end results, but I’m not a prophet, so these visions are only holding me back. Next time I find myself in a situation where I am avoiding something very magical because of some strange “foresight,” I’ll remember your words – You can’t undo what you have never done. Very true.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:30 am

    • Thanks Diva, you said it so well—“avoiding something very magical because of some strange foresight”. Yes, I keep thinking about what it means to avoid something, and staying neutral–negating pro-choice. Surely we can step up to the plate….Our lives, our future and our happiness may be at stake.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:22 am

  3. Food for thought. 😉

    September 27, 2011 at 12:33 am

    • Thanks Elizabeth, I was feeling some ambiguity about where my life was going (this happens often) and needed to put my thoughts into words and art.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:37 am

  4. Nice smile, a peaceful look inspite of the unsettled feeling that you wrote about.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    • Thanks Linda, I was in a very reflective mood, which often gives way to ambiguity and the larger question of what have I done in my life.

      October 2, 2011 at 2:36 am

  5. I admire your writing skills, and this is a great way to reflect. I don’t think it is easy to undo things we have done, but we can learn from them. I think life is a series of lessons we need to learn. 🙂

    October 2, 2011 at 6:46 am

    • Thanks for the compliment Jackie. You are definitively correct when you say “life is a series of lessons we need to learn.” When writing this post, I was trying to express the ambiguity one may have at not having finished something, because it was never started—hence its undoing is impossible. I am thinking personally about the quality of a relationship, its nuturing and sustainability.

      October 2, 2011 at 7:07 am

  6. This post is so interesting and so true. When I began the memoir I’m writing, I went through many journals from past years. In one of them, I found an entry about a rather significant event in my life. I was shocked when I read it. The way I had remembered it all these years was very different than my description in the journal written at the time it occurred. Just a reminder of how muddy the waters of memory are.

    October 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    • Hi Georganne, thanks for stopping by and commenting, I really appreciate it.
      When I was composing the prose and image for this post, I too, was complexed about “how muddy the waters of memory are”. I kept thinking about how my life at this point had been dictated by the decisions that for whatever reason (and some I knew definitely) I never made. We all want to change some things we have done at one point or another in our lives. But what about the things we’ve never done, and the changes we would brought to bare. Hindsight is a double-edged sword of sorts.

      October 15, 2011 at 5:13 am

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