Another Thrilling Episode!

I begin to think I should rename this column “The Crisis of the Month.” A crisis is not necessarily a bad thing, but it demands action. Webster defines “crisis,” as “the decisive moment (as in a literary plot),” and as “an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending.” Added to that last definition is “especially one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome.” There is always the possibility of “a highly undesirable outcome.” In fact, there have been moments in my distant past when I lay down in the midst of a crisis and let disaster wash over me—just to see what would happen. Somewhat to my disappointment, I survived. I wasn’t any happier having made the experiment, but my curiosity was satisfied. In recent years, as my various crises have had kittens, I began to develop a strain of resilience and resourcefulness in preventing things from getting actively worse. When one is 17 or 25 years old, the letting-go-and-giving-up strategy is less catastrophic. There was always something else we can do—something that might be more engaging than the mess we just abandoned. I have quit more things that ultimately fell apart in my hands than most people have even thought of trying. I did so with nothing more than an investment of my time and temporary embarrassment. I have found myself saying, along with
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