I promised I’d pick up with the graphic so I will.
So I’m going to roll up a bit of what I’ve yacked about so far. Draw a line and then come to that undefined region. I’m not really sure because there are some words that carry special meaning for trained whatever they are, mathematicians and physicists in this case. A couple are infinity and undefined. As a laymen, I can’t really say what’s different about those two, but I can say that each one represents a “leak” to me. It’s a spot where knowledge can leak out or maybe in to our existence.
Crossing over the threshold, I’d probably imagine the underlying math is similar to a Swartzchild radius that surrounds black holes. The radius is defined for every massive object, which I think means anything with physically measurable properties, but the measurements are so small or large that the radius can only be directly observed in things like black holes. But the principle works. There is a point (or a smear) where you’ve taken some action (made the interview appointment for the new job, for example | or not) where you can no longer go backwards. History is sealed, so to speak. The switch has literally been flipped.
I’ll take two views – chaos and orbtis
You are sitting at your desk. You can either not make the call and stay with this job (the noise of whether you like/don’t like, pay/not pay type things are all attributes of the original decision. You either follow through or you stay put. It’s a big decision. You’re approaching a point of no return. In my opinion, and from a beautiful, poetic point of view of the Buddhists, we are always in a “cosmic dance”. Our energies are blinking on and off, probably jumping to an fro from other realities or maybe discarding some energies and being replenished with more, refreshed energy from – fill in your “religious” system here. I guess the closest in words I can come is I believe in an overall energy and I happen to believe it is agnostic at worst and optimistic at better. Every leaf on every tree. Every tree on every earth. Every earth, every Sun, every galaxy and probably every Universe has its time. But the Mobius Strip of energy is either ever created (more Western, I suppose) or every recycled (more Eastern, I suppose).
If you don’t act, it’s likely you will quickly settle back inside your current boundary conditions, again whether for better, worse or something else. If you do act, you have definitely entered a period of chaos, adjustments, potential “failure”, new patterns. Remember that during periods of chaos, you should be prepared to listen carefully to all ideas that get floated. Necessity is the mother of invention. During periods of chaos, pay attention!!
I want to step back and say that I don’t pretend like we don’t individually suffer enormously. Physical and mental constraints, racial barriers, even such seemingly simple things like clean water, can present almost unfathomable obstacles. These thoughts I present can be considered more like potentially useful tools than some mantra like it’s easy, just keep smiling and all will be well. In fact, at the scale of human life, there are bell curves for reasons. Some of us will die from cancer. Some won’t. A really hard right shifted curve – some of us will win the lottery. Some of us won’t. But populations of almost anything behave in relatively predictable ways, except during periods of chaotic behavior. Not everyone is treated fairly and some of us, like me, have been truly blessed with all the opportunities that are really available to a person at this time in our history. So it’s super easy for me to take advantage of all of this advice. But unfortunately, the statistics dictate that there is generally an inequity in all societies. The best I can offer in this sort of 100 page presentation is that there are many tools available these days and, combined with my view that, per Yogi Berra, the future is really hard to predict, I’d say to the extent each person is able, move forward as if success will be available. We each have to move forward until we are no longer afforded that opportunity, so as is possible within your individual situation, do what you can to move forward. Per Vince Lombardi – the harder I work, the luckier I get.
So in periods of chaos, the short term outcome may seem dramatic. But if it’s possible to take the longer view, AND you listen to all that’s going on around you, at some point you’ll settle out of the chaos and into the cosmos, where keeping yourself in orbit is more of a nudge – your current job that is either easy and fun or you hate but the rut is easier than change. You can just nudge yourself along and try to keep the status quo. But be forewarned. You know change is inevitable, so learn to use that tool of listening for solutions in the chaos.