Friday, March 19, 2010

Pull the Trigger

     Have you ever seen the movie Zoolander, Company?  In that movie, Zoolander is prompted to kill the fictional Prime Minister of Malaysia when he hears the song "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.  They call it the trigger.  Granted, Zoolander was taught that trigger, well, it was psychologically implanted into him anyway, during the week he spent at a day spa, (he spells "day" d-a-i-y-e by the way - hilarious!) but it is still amazing how certain things can trigger the human brain to do just about anything.
     The reason that I bring this up is because recently I had an experience like that.  I went to a day spa.  Just kidding.  You totally believed me, didn't you?  Because that is the sort of thing that I would totally pull on you, isn't it?  I know, and I don't blame you.  This time though, I am going to play it straight.  I had one of those moments when I saw something and it sort of triggered some thoughts and emotions.  It was less a single event as a sort of swirling together of circumstance that created it.  I am not sure this particular thought would have been triggered by what I saw if I hadn't have been in the mood I have been in lately, or been in the circumstances that I have been in lately.  It was sort of the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.  But that is neither here nor there.  The bottom line is that you never know what might trigger the flood of thoughts and memories to come rolling around.  In this case it was a newspaper ad.
      It got me rolling and thinking about regrets I have had in my life.  A lot of people have said that they have lived their life with no regret, and I envy those people because I an definitely not one of them.  I have never regretted anything that I have done, and I mean really regretted it in the long run, but I have certainly regretted opportunities that I have let pass for reasons that at the time seemed valid but now, in the perfect vision of historical recollection, don't seem quite as compelling.
     Scrolling across my computer screen at work today was a saying that grabbed The Boss' eye.  It said "Behold the turtle.  He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."  That is attributed to James Bryan Conant, and while it appears on several "funny quote" websites and it is a bit amusing there is really nothing funny about it.  It is, however, packed with pounds of truth. 
     I completely understand that quote and the meaning behind that, and as I reflect on things that have passed and I look around at where I stand today, I often wish that I had come to understand that a little earlier.  But such is life.  Some people have to touch the burner to know it's hot.  Unfortunately, some of us have to wait until it doesn't work anymore to realize that it used to be on.
     See what can happen when that trigger kicks in?  And see why it's important to pull the trigger on things in life?  And do you see how I was able to find a title for this post that incorporated both of those elements in a super slick way?  Yeah, I know, I am the best.  I just hope that you can learn from your mistakes a little quicker than I did - that me telling you the burner is hot is enough.

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