Another Saturday, here already! What is happening to 2016? I’ve been “jotting” away, almost keeping up with Just Jot It January. With a couple of exceptions, I feel like my “jots” are all “Stream of Consciousness”, although there have been a few that were a bit more thoughtful. Maybe even worthy of revisiting and doing something better with later. I am not sure what to do with “Odd/Even.” I mostly think of numbers, and that mostly makes me think of work. “East is least, West is best” is how a flight student remembers that going Eastbound you fly odd altitudes and Westbound you fly even ones. In case you ever wondered why planes don’t run into each other in the sky. There are rules about that sort of thing. 🙂
Would you like to know something funny about my job? Every day that I work, I fly multiple flights (legs). At the beginning of the day, the Captain will decide who is the “flying pilot” for each leg. There are two pilots, so we trade off who is “flying” and who is “monitoring.” Sometimes he/she lets me choose which ones I want to fly. One Captain in particular likes to decide by chance. He spins the heading indicator very fast, and asks me to call out “odd” or “even” and he stops spinning when I say it. If he lands on what I call, I get to decide whether to start or finish the day.
How many times do we decide things by flipping a coin, I wonder? Do we do it because we really don’t care what the outcome is, because we care but wish to appear as though we don’t care? Because we like to flip through things like TV or radio channels, coins, rocks, catalog or magazine pages, just for the excitement of seeing what pops up next “by chance?” I love doing that, but at the same time I hate it. I listen to my online radio subscription quite often, and I love the “random” feature, or the pre-made playlists by genre, because there is that anticipation always of “what’s next?” Sometimes it’s fun, but sometimes I don’t like it when I do that because it means that I am not living in the present moment and simply enjoying the song that is playing NOW. Our world is getting so distracted, so scattered. I have too many interests sometimes. Too many choices. It’s overwhelming at times. My mother always tells me of a story of me being a child and somebody filling my plate with too much food. I didn’t eat any of it, just stared at it because it was too much and I didn’t know how to approach it. I think life gets that way sometimes, and that’s when it is useful to have a coin to toss to help decide where to start.
Qu’en pensez-vous, chers lecteurs? Do you flip coins to make decisions sometimes? What makes you do that?