Mar 24, 2014

P3 Project: March 24th, 2014 - Sweetest Goodbye

There are some times that saying hello can be the hardest thing that you say in a day. Maybe it’s a pretty girl in the coffee shop that you frequent or your boss who never seems to remember your name. It could be the first day of school or the last stop before you get home, but “Hello” can be hard. It’s very difficult to overcome that shyness that descends on even the most outgoing of us in those circumstances. For some, hello represents the beginning of a world of opportunity or potentially the end of a daydream. It’s one of few phrases that we can say to another person that requires us to lower our shields and let another person, a stranger most times, into our lives. Personally, I feel that every time that we say hello to a person that we've never spoken to before, it is one of those butterfly effect moments that causes our lives to diverge into two distinct paths. It can change your life, for better or worse. But, with all the weight that I put into the simple two-syllable phrase of “Hello:”

Try saying “Goodbye” before you’re ready. I may not know everything, but I can tell you this, it’s never pretty.

Go on, I’ll wait here.

Mar 19, 2014

P3 Project: March 19th, 2014 - Lost and Found

Have you ever been looking for something? You try the calm, pat down approach first, thinking that you had to have the item in your pockets or jacket. Then, as the time to leave nears, your search becomes much more frantic, checking and rechecking everywhere that you remember them being. Then you resort to the violent, hurricane-like hunt, tossing rooms like DEA agents in a drug dealer’s house. By the time you’re finished searching, your house, room or office looks like a small thermonuclear device had been detonated in the midst of a tornado. Nothing is the way you left it, everything is a disaster and it seems like you’ll never be able to put the pieces back together. By the time it’s over, you’re no closer to finding what you’re looking for and in the ensuing pursuit, you now can’t find other things that you need and as you decide to forget it and let it go, you turn and it’s in the most obvious place that you could have possibly imagined it could be. But the damage is done; countless other items are now lost as well, out of sight and soon out of mind until you’re reminded that you need it which will begin another frantic hunt. But during that search, you sometimes find things that you never even knew that you were looking for.

I've learned in the last two weeks that no matter how hard you search for some things, they’re nowhere to be found. Some things are going to be forever lost to abyss. But the things that are found when you are searching for the things that have been lost are not always cause for celebration.

Maybe some things should remain just lost.