I heard someone mention the other day that life is nothing more than an experiment and I’ve done some thinking on that since. It seems that’s the case with most of life situations we find ourselves in these days.

Like any good science experiment, we open up to observations with what we see going on around us. As we observe, we develop our own ideas, our own hypotheses, about why things happen as they do and why things are the way they are.

Perhaps my way of dealing with things in the past have served me well, perhaps not. There’s always time to try out a new way of thinking, a new way of doing. And to put that into practice.

Sometimes the newer way of doing things works out quite well…sometimes not so well….but there’s always something to be learned, some new perspective to explore.

The experiment of my past sixteen-plus years is to go without consumption of alcohol…that experiment seems to have worked quite well. No telling where I would be today or if I even would be around today if I hadn’t stopped.

Sometimes our experiments in life are by our choice,,,,sometimes not. Our lives, being in constant change, thrust upon us new situations and new circumstances and force us to experiment with new behaviors, new perspectives as to how we view the world.

And so in my own life, I’ll enter the experimental phase at the end of the current school year. The job I’ve held for the past two years is being phased out at the end of the school year. And so other options must present themselves and once again, a grand experiment begins.

Will I be offered some other similar position in the system? Will I go back to substitute teaching? Will I look for work in some completely different area? Or will I finally claim retirement as my own and not do any of the aforementioned?

I’ve got some time to decidr and the world has its chance to perhaps open up some new doors for me…or not. Regardless, I’ll once again be the central player in a grand experiment of what constitutes my life.

***Note from me – I received my annual notice from the Social Security Administration just after receiving word that my current teaching position is being phased out, with details on options that I have for selecting payments. Although that’s still nearly three years out, I don’t think its appearance at this particular time was a coincidence.

David Lee

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