Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Who are we fooling?

The other day I read something that changed my day. I was amazed to realize once again the countless diverse ways the Universe use to tell us what we need to hear at the right time. All it is required is to pay attention, be present, open-minded and furthermore ready to laugh at oneself (if needed to).
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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Tazilinda said...

wow, i was just saying to the person next to me I'm not in the mood for anything today and i really need a lift and this has given me the lift i need
I'll definately share this with someone I know who also needs a lift today
Thanks Gabi!

Anonymous said...

Oh Gabbie, that was quite hilarious. I really enjoyed it and I will surely forward it to some people that I know. I hope they laugh too.


Bunda said...

This was definitely hilarious but insightful. we do sometimes seem to be living our lives for other people, trying to be someone we're not or even comfortable with!
so i agree with you Gabi, hats off to all Sherlock Holmes out there who remind us that the smartest answer isn't always the best or right one and the smartest you isn't always the best or right you!

Bunda said...

Very funny, Dr Watson really was not aware of his environment to notice the obviuos :)
Most times we are like him unfortunately going about not noticing whats right before us. this is really good gabi!!

Anonymous said...

Wow Gabi your story has inspierd me and I feel so happy now. I'm always sad and thinking about the negative and not the positive things of life. Therfore I am always sad but your story has put a smile on my face.

Thankyou very much gabi!

Anonymous said...

I really love your story.

Edward Matheka said...

This is a very interesting story. as i was reading through i could not help relating this guy to "our Luo brothers in Kenya"...very sophisticated people!!
On the other hand, the message being delivered by the story is powerful. Many are the times we find ourselves in situations like this.

horas y horas de viajar said...

Absolutely accurate dear cousin. As always. cheers!!!

Gabriela Abalo said...

Thank you all for the great comments. I'm glad to know you enjoyed it as much as I did ;-)