Turning on a dime


So ‘life turns on a dime’ is a phrase I have read often in the kind of books I read.

But perhaps most succinctly put in 11.22.63 by Stephen King:

“Life turns on a dime. Sometimes towards us, but more often it spins away, flirting and flashing as it goes: so long, honey, it was good while it lasted, wasn’t it?”

It’s the spinning away that takes us by surprise… a nasty one at that. Because when it spins toward us, we take it for granted. We do not pay too much attention to it. But when it spins away and flashes, is when we wonder.

You never get an advance notice that it is going to happen. But hey, we didn’t get advance notice about demonetisation either. For a larger mass of people (in spite of the trouble we have in getting our own money), it has been good. But we would rather crib and moan about it than to wait and see how it will make things better.

But coming back to it spinning away. What do we usually do? We let our negative mind take over. We start talking about destiny and karma. We think that it is the end of the world for us. The human mind is conditionedto thinking the worst.

What if we flipped our finger to it as it is flashing us? What if we had our own “it was good while it lasted but it’s time for me to find something better”. It is your “screw you”. It is you saying that dime is too small. I would rather that my life turns on a dollar. 🙂

We need to learn perhaps to treat the so called nasty surprise as an opportunity. The life that was turning away on a dime was not worth it. This is an opportunity for something better. Yeah the cynics will say it is a case of sour grapes but hey, you are a cynic for a reason coz you can’t see anything good around you and we don’t care.

So the next time it spins away, flip the bird!

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