Just in case we haven’t given you enough Anne of Green Gables to ponder this week, here’s a little more.
For some freakish reason, many, many times in my life, when I feel stuck in a situation, I have thought back to that classic Sullivan Entertainment television version of Anne of Green Gables. There’s a moment when Anne makes a comment about never knowing what the future will bring: there’s a bend in the road.
Katherine Brooke, in her classic snarky way, responds, “Bend in the road? There’s no bend in my road. I can see it stretching out straight in front of me.”
For most of my life, I am Katherine Brooke. I basically believe I have mystic powers to see the future; at least, that’s how I act. I think that because things have been a certain way for a long time that they will continue to be that way, forever and ever amen.
Most of the time, this means I am being a big ole pessimist, assuming situations that I don’t like will never change. The truth is, I know NOTHING, and things could change, for better or for worse, in an instant.
So probably a better policy would be to be more like Anne.
“When I left Queen's my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does.”
This could seem like a very Pinterest-worthy, happy -go-lucky statement, but I think it has merit. Yes, let’s be practical, yes, let’s prepare for the future, but let’s also acknowledge we have NO IDEA what it holds and hope that at least some of those things are good.
*This post has been updated since the original posting*