Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Pencil and Eraser Analogy
I was drawing with my wooden, old-fashioned pencil when suddenly I thought of something.
WHAT IF THIS PENCIL DOESN'T HAVE AN ERASER? What if erasers were never invented?
What could've been done about it?
My answer would be drawing VERY carefully and trying so hard to draw with no mistakes.
And if I've been doing it so smoothly then I make a single mistake, I'll regret it so badly. :/
Now here's the thing. Does life have an eraser?
No. We do have the 'pencil' to write with, but we don't have the 'eraser' to undo the mistakes we've made.
Here are my thoughts:
1. Do it right.
Life is not some kind of toy we can mess with. Take the wrong turn and everything will turn into a big mess. As a human we can't do anything perfectly, but we can avoid making more mistakes. While we're still young, it is better to realize our mistakes before it gets worse. So, make the right choice before it's too late. Life is unpredictable.
2. Fix it up!
What if we've been doing everything so perfectly, then a single scratch on our drawing ruin everything, and we don't have any eraser to erase it? The only answer to that is to fix it. There is this one Indonesian quote saying, "Nasi sudah menjadi bubur." which means, the rice has became a porridge. We can't change the porridge back into its rice form, can we? Then, what is left for us to do, is to make a tasty bowl of porridge. ;) We might not be able to change it back into rice, but we can still do something from it by making a delicious porridge, so that people can still eat it and saying how good it is. We can't change the past, but we can still do something in the present in order to change the future. :)
Wow, that was deep, huh? From an ordinary, old fashioned wooden pencil and an eraser, we dig deeper! B-)
Thanks for reading this LONG POST. Hopefully, your eyes are still awake. :P