Genies, Bottles…& Atonement

I do anti-nuclear work. Very discouraging. Even sometimes a little despair-making, actually. Sigh. Why didn’t I tackle a really easy issue – like wiping out water pollution, air pollution, or power-mongering, greed & corruption among corporations & politicians? (Heh heh.)

Hmmm. Maybe smoking among 3-year old purple-haired pygmies living in the wilds of …hmmm… Huntsville, Ontario. THAT one I could probably have nailed, eh??  :)

Well. Nuclear issues are thorny, complex, multi-faceted, nasty, & provide enough challenge to last a lifetime. Several lifetimes, actually.

The nuclear “genie” got out of the bottle way back…whenever that was… No way it can be stuffed it back in now. Too late, too late, too late...

I suppose a lot of things can’t be stuffed back into the bottle. Heck, even when we open our mouths & let out some outrageous thing (even something not all that outrageous) the words can never be “taken back.”

It’s kind of horrible. I hadn’t meant to remind myself of this, but what writing down these words has reminded me of are some awful things I’ve said to the people in my life that I love the very most.

Yikes.   

Funny how writing all these little essays takes me (often) down roads I hadn’t known I was about to head down.

What are we to do after letting some horrendous genie out of its bottle?

Knowing all the while we can never-never-never, no matter how hard we try, stuff it back in again???

Well.

I always say apologies are a pretty fine thing.[1]

Having said that, another “A” word has just sprung to mind.

Atonement.

Not sure what else to say about this.

So I guess I’ll just leave it there! Something to ponder, I suppose…

Janet

‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.” – Filipino proverb

 


[1] One of my favourite quotations: “Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck