That day I was down, feeling uneasy, discontent and what was more upsetting was the fact that I couldn’t figure out why. Therefore I decided to amuse myself by going through my emails, focusing on the funny ones as I was in an urgent need of a lift. So I came across the following tale from S. Holmes and Dr. Watson:
Sherlock Homes and Dr. Watson went camping for a few days. On the first night after a very good dinner and a fantastic bottle of wine they wished each other “Goodnight” and went on to sleep on their respective sleeping bags.
Hours later, Holmes awakes and with his elbow calls his friend, while asking:
- Watson, look at the sky and tell me what you see
- I see millions of stars
- So, what is that telling you? - asks Holmes
Watson thinks for a minute or so and completely decided to impress his friend with his great deductive skills he answers:
- From an astronomic point of view it indicates that there are millions of galaxies and therefore potentially billions of planets
Astrologically speaking, it indicates that Saturn is in conjunction with Leo
Chronologically I deduct that is approximately 3:15 am
Theologically I can see that God is omnipotent and that we are small and insignificant
Meteorologically I can guess that tomorrow we are going to have a beautiful sunny day
Watson then pauses and asks his friend
- My dear Sherlock, what do you see?
After a short silence Holmes answered:
- Dear Watson you are foolish by the day. Our tent is gone, we have been robed!
I could not stop laughing up and loud for the next ten minutes, I found the joke fantastic and definitely uplifting. After that I was really feeling my usual self once again and therefore I started to think about the whole situation, imagining the two guys lying there on the open; one fully aware of what was going on while the other was lost on his own world.
I couldn’t stop relating this with life and the way we live it. Most of the time we are busy trying to do what is expected or what we had been told to do. Sometimes we know too much about facts, history, sciences, religions, etc but we don’t know about who we are and where are we standing. We put all our efforts on the attainment of success so we can impress our parents, family, friends, neighbors, bosses and any one that is around to notice. But we forget the most important: that the very last person we are impressing is ourselves!
So I toast to all the Sherlock Holmes of our life, the ones that are always there to remind us that we are only fooling ourselves and none else.
© 2009 photo: Gabriela Abalo – Author
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