Friday, November 2, 2012
Ask Elnora--About "What if" and "If only."--Lenora Worth
Hello, beautiful bloggers. This will be short and sweet since Elnora is on the road and Internet service is iffy. Iffy. Now there's a word I've been thinking about all week. Life is iffy, isn't it? When we see flooded streets and subway tunnels in New York City, we know things can get iffy. When we see iconic places destroyed with a rush of water and wind, things can get iffy. When we see a loved one going through a life-changing illness, things can get iffy. That got me to thinking about the "what if's" and "if only's" of life. The If Only types tend to look back on their lives and wish they'd done things differently. If only I could go back to that night I had that major hissy fit and told off half the universe. If only I had really listened to my mother and not dated that loser. You get the picture. The What If people tend to be more positive and forward thinking. What if we climbed up on the water tower and threw water balloons at the mayor and the city council? What if a tall, dark stranger meets a young, pretty debutante and they fall in love? Or What if the girl who thinks she's not pretty meets the man who thinks no one can love him? If we mix up the If Only's and the What If's, we could get to the It's Okay's and the Let's Move On's. Isn't this pretty much how we write our books? Don't we move our characters out of the If Only stage and into the What If stage so that they can accept the It's Okay past and go on with the Let's Move On future. Let's discuss the iffy things in life, that is, if you'd like to!