We will grow Pizza!

I took my kids to the movies to watch the Pixar instant classic named WALL-E. The name WALL-E is an Acronym short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth class. WALL-E is one of the main protagonists and a robot. Earth is so full of trash that it can no longer support human life. Humans are living on a space cruise ship waiting for WALL-E to clean up the planet. The humans have been gone so long they have unlearned botany. The captain of the ship learns that earth can support them and he teaches himself botany kind of… His learning of botany is where the title for this post comes from. “We will grow Pizza.” The captain says this when, he is speaking to a child about earth. He understands that planting and sowing is how food is made on earth but pizza is kind of complex and as of now there is not a pizza seed or plant.

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When we plant seeds we are setting up ourselves for the future. Living now and planning for the future is a fine line. We should not spend all our time planning for the future so that we do not enjoy now however we should know that the future will come and if we haven’t planted anything we may not eat.

“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Planting seeds is a good choice and action. It is doing good things now that will give us good results in the future and allow us to enjoy now. There is never really a wrong time to do good.

So lets all do as much good as we can today and I guarantee tomorrow will be brighter and better for everyone.

Can we even do that?

I am currently taking a software development course and the instructor was explaining the difference between UI kit versus Swift UI. There were the pros and cons lists and one of the pros for Swift UI was that it was “future proof”. Immediately I thought “Can we even do that?” I also wondered if perhaps sometime ago someone thought that UI kit was future proof.

If you haven’t seen the movie Back to the Future 3 stop what you are doing and go watch it. OK, so at the end of the movie Jenny asks the doc why a note she got from the future changed when she arrived in the past and the doc tells her that no ones future is written it is being written now. I am not advocating for no planning I think we should have a plan for our immediate and far future but we must realize that the plan needs to be flexible for it to work.

love the idea of something being future proof but I just don’t think it’s possible. I think what is most prudent is that we care for ourselves and others current needs with thoughts about the future needs.

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In the Christian Bible there is a verse that describes the Bible as ” a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalms 119:105. I like this verse because it demonstrates how we should live our lives looking at now our feet and forward path.

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So even though we cannot future proof we should not stop planning and of course we should enjoy and live as much as we can in the moment.

Future or bust

My favorite movies are the Back to the Future movies

in 3 there is a model like 2 and 1 of Hill Valley the model has a book near a wind mill and it is marked NO RETURN

Risks are taken and we always feel like we can get back to before that risk was taken however very often we will find ourselves at points where we realize there is no return.

The phrase burn the boats comes from an apocryphal tale in which Hernan Cortes invades Mexico and orders his men to burn the boats they came in. The burning of the boats proved to the men that they where to be conquerors or nothing at all.

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Usually when we take on new roles or tactics we have the luxury of easing into that role however there will come a time when we cannot return to the older role sadly many of us do not know when this happens.

I guess the lesson is to embrace the new and learn from the old. Know that tomorrow is over and you can really never go back. Everything changes even if we don’t want it to. If we lean into the changes we can adjust and like a great sailor or surfer we can ride the waves and move forward. If we try to look for a point of no return chances are we will never find it and we will not enjoy the now.

Learn from the past, live in the present and look forward to the future.