All life is an experiment: it always turns out the way it turns out

Right now I am confronted with choice and the choice concerns work.  It is not an easy choice.  Why?  I am confronted with what is so: to live is always to live at risk.  And the machinery that goes with being human goes all out to eliminate risk.  It wants to live forever, safely.

Getting past that, I find another challenge confronts me.  To go forward as a single person – as opposed to a team – I must focus.  What is it that I can do well by myself which creates value for my fellow human beings and will enable me to earn a living?  That means giving stuff up.  And what I notice is that the human machinery that runs me does not like that one little bit.  It wants to be able to do this and that as it enjoys doing lots of things. Put differently, it does not want to sacrifice: it wants to keep all options open, to have its fingers in all the pies.

Yet, as a strategist I know that I must focus. And to focus, I must choose. And to choose is to choose one possibility and thus simultaneously given up the other possibilities that are on the table.

In the course of my struggle, I came across this quote wish has given me a helping hand.  And I wish to share it with you.

12080“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.” 

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Author: Maz Iqbal

Experienced management consultant working at the intersection of strategy, customer, and technology. Combine a tendency to think strategically with a penchant for getting my hands dirty at the coalface of implementation.

2 thoughts on “All life is an experiment: it always turns out the way it turns out”

  1. I am always touched by what you write Maz, thank you for sharing it.
    Follow your true instinct, and that will be the right choice!

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  2. Hello beautiful vivacious Lina,

    I wish you the very best for this year. I am delighted to hear your voice once more. And, I thank you for your gift.

    How often do I hear “I am always touched by what you write Maz, thank you for sharing it.”? You are the first person to tell me that. And it makes ALL the difference. Please know that I am grateful that you exist, that we crossed paths / our lives touched each other, and that we are still in communication.

    With my love and deep gratitude
    Maz

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