What If You Had Overslept This Morning, Hmmm...?

History is what happened. Life is what happens only because of a series of Karmic what-if’s.

If you had overslept this morning, what would you have missed? To your loss, the first purple-orange break of day; to your gain, the noise of rise-and-shine power mowers. Now extend this what-if to other days of your life when missing that commuter train saved you a collision or missing that appointment meant you would instead meet that day the one you eventually married.

What if Gore not Bush had won in 2000? What if Oswald’s bullet had missed Kennedy or Booth’s had missed Lincoln? What if Napoleon had won not lost at Waterloo or Columbus had landed in South America not North?

While you toy with these cosmic questions, think smaller. What if NBC had turned down “Sienfeld” or MGM had cast wannabe Lana Turner not Vivian Leigh as Scarlett? I won’t even venture any what-if’s about the Chicago Cubs, for there stands a 102-year run of failure that defies even Karma!

Is there a reason for toying with this ancient what-if inquiry…? Only this. Asking it can make of you either a fatalist or an opportunist. Fatalist if you throw up your hands and shrug: “What can I do…!” Or an opportunist if you throw back your shoulders and turn that sentence into a question.

Say, starting with this year’s presidential election!

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  • I finally figured out that unless you are Mr. Peabody or Marty McFly it probably doesn't matter. At one time, I thought only conspirators created history, but now I am old enough to doubt that.

    Also, I don't think Columbus got anywhere near North America, but mostly the area surrounding the Caribbean.

    But I did oversleep this morning and missed most of the ABC7 Sunday Morning, meaning that I didn't miss much. And I suggested in the CTA Tattler that if one wasn't on the CTA after barhopping at 2 a.m., someone wouldn't steal your iPhone, especially if you didn't ride with one.

  • In reply to jack:

    Well now...! I believe you've just cracked the great cosmic code!!

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