Safe Zone May Be Just Ahead

Where’s the safest place – past, present, or future?  A recent survey of my brain cells provided some interesting statistics.  Fifty-eight percent of my brain cells said the safest place is the future – that netherworld of uncertainty and yet-to-be realized possibility that we have the least knowledge about.

Thirty percent of brain cells surveyed said that for safety, they prefer the present.  “All I can know for certain is what’s going on around me in the very moment it’s happening,” responded one brain cell, holding a bagel in one hand and coffee in the other during her commute into work.  “The future is so – mushy, I don’t know!  Who can tell what disaster that next phone call or e-mail will bring?”

Only seven percent of the 2,184 cells who participated in the survey said the past is the safest place to be, with five percent undecided.  “At least I know the past.  I’m familiar with it,” said one of the cells who chose the past as his answer.  He explained that he was cowering in a corner of his bedroom as he was talking to us on his cell phone, and that he’d been stuck there for days.

Billy Youngblood, a brain cell who answered with the majority, offered an explanation for his answer that summed up the sentiments of many who looked to the future for safety.  “The past?” he shook his head.  “Why go back there?  Too many monsters, bad guys, mistakes back there.   But the rest of today and tomorrow – I see it as an opportunity to make good things happen that maybe yesterday, I just didn’t have quite the experience or saavy or help from friends I needed to pull it off.”

3 thoughts on “Safe Zone May Be Just Ahead

  1. Jan Cincotta says:

    I loved this post! Since many of my brain cells are already showing early signs of dementia, they are definitely living in the past. Because of that, the future looks grim for the rest of them. So, I guess that means one day at a time…and today is as good as it gets!

  2. dave says:

    Leave it to you, Rose! All the brain cells I polled actually did participate in the survey. After all, they are – ahem – my brain cells 🙂 I was only after a random sample. There were 417 from the hippocampus, and 25% of them preferred the past.

  3. rose glass says:

    Those are interesting results. I wonder why so few cells responded. I’m also surprised that so many prefered the future over the past. The hippocampus must not have been paying attention. Well, brain cells are notoriously mysterious.

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