Are you living a life on the verge? That can mean many things.
I think I’m on the verge of something absolutely amazing, but I’m also stuck in the verges and wondering what to do next.
Part of living a simple, deliberate life is honestly assessing your situation and doing whatever is necessary to make it even better. Do you know where you are and where you’re going?
With apologies to my readers who like step-by-step instructions, carefully reasoned arguments and posts that actually say something tangible, here we go…
Mujeres Al Borde
For high school Spanish class, I was required to watch the Spanish-language movie “Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios”. Translated, that’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”. It’s apparent now a Broadway play.
I can’t remember if the whole class saw it or if I did a report on it, but it was a ridiculous film. It seemed to be a bunch of crazed women yelling at each other, but there is probably a bit of plot also. From what I can see online, it’s about women whose paths cross frequently and unexpectedly in unusual ways.
I took many years of Spanish, but there aren’t enough lessons in the world to make me understand why I watched that.
Nonetheless, this experience is somehow relevant here because the word “verge” is involved.
As far as I can remember, none of the women actually had a nervous breakdown. They were just on the verge. When you’re on the verge of something, you can perhaps keep it from happening — or make it happen.
(And no one actually says “nervous breakdown” anymore anyway. It would be a panic attack, an episode or a situation now. But who would watch a movie called “Women About to Encounter a Highly-Treatable Mental Health Intervention Opportunity”.)
I’m on the verge of losing your attention, aren’t I?
Are You On The Verge?
I’m not on the verge of a mental health crisis, but I am on the verge of something great.
But being on the verge means things could go either way.
I’m on the verge of some major life breakthroughs, but I could slide back into old patterns. On the other hand, I could soar to a level I’ve only imagined. I have a preference in this situation, but I have to work to make my preference happen.
Several situations in my life need attention, and I feel like some of them are, to use an indelicate phrase, coming to a head.
My money situation is about to stabilize, I think. The clutter that’s re-entering my life and my mind is about to clear, I imagine. My social situation that’s leaning now toward isolation is about to experience a period of expansion again, I would guess.
There’s nothing quantifiable, but there’s a feeling that the world is completely open to me.
Do you ever feel you’re improving? Can you sense with every fiber of your being that things that were once insurmountable obstacles are now as small as a few clods of dirt left after an armadillo has been digging around? (We don’t have moles or molehills around here.)
If this post isn’t making sense to you, then I suppose you don’t ever feel like that. If it does make sense to you, however, you know what an exciting time this is for me.
Forgive The Lack Of Substance
I don’t know what else to say on this topic. I don’t know how to explain it further. Either you understand being on the verge or you don’t. I hope, though, that if your life seems on the verge today, you’re on the verge of something amazing.
In Britain, some people call that grassy or gravelly area at the edge of the road the verge. Here in Texas, it’s called the shoulder. Roads go places. Verges are how you get from life’s aimless open fields onto roads that go somewhere.
Come to think of it, “Women With Crazy Shoulders” would make a great name for a movie. But I’m no filmmaker. Wait. Could that be the next step for me?
I’m on the verge today, and every thought is an important lead. Are you on the verge? Do you have any idea what I’m talking about?
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