Hey, Who turned out the lights?

Okay if you’re a died-in-the-wool whovian, (that would be a fan of the popular Dr. Who syndicated sci-fi tv show) no further comments are necessary about the title and photo. As it turns out I’m not a fan of the show. But I did watch a few episodes that were very well written and funny. “Silence In The Library” was one of those.

My title today is taken from that episode. In one of the scenes a guy wearing a space suit with an opaque (blacked out) viewing screen on his helmet has been zapped by an alien being and becomes one of them. But he doesn’t actually know it yet, or maybe he does…well anyway his final words keep repeating from the suit “…Hey who turned out the lights” as it replays in a loop his final thoughts. He (or should I say “it”) keeps turning up in various scenes throughout the episode repeating the same phrase.

I guess the point here is (yes there is a point it just took me a while to set the stage) how many times, do you suppose, does something unexpected happen in life, something so totally out of the blue that it throws you for a loop. Usually something completely unanticipated or so overwhelming that I’m thinking you probably feel like the spaceman who kept running through the library saying “Hey who turned out the lights?”

The other point, the important one actually, is what you do in those moments of unexpected situations or crises. Generally speaking most of us will go to the emotional place first. But after that – then what? There are always choices to make. You can stay frozen with fear, anger, sorrow, or in many cases – physical pain or you can try just a little more, maybe just one millimeter more to move on.

I hope I didn’t make it sound simple. Because it’s not simple or easy. It’s hard. Sometimes it’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do. And you may have to do this hard thing again and again and again. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do what needs to be done. Making hard choices defines who we are. It hones our character and the person we’ve yet to become. (I do know of what I speak –click on “Backstory”. It shares a little information about my past.)

Life is going to trip you up whether you want it to or not. It will be your choice in how you handle it. I, for one, want to be one of those able to find a spare light bulb and turn the lights back on. I know you can too. Really you can.

7 thoughts on “Hey, Who turned out the lights?

  1. When I saw the title I should have guessed. 😉 As I just kept thinking of him having been gobbled by the – can’t remember what they are called.

    I gave up.

    Wasn’t until a couple of years later that I tried to go that extra millimetre, and that made all the difference. Did it make me a stronger person? I don’t know. Did it make me a different person? Apparently so.

  2. I saw that episode (who am i kidding – I’ve seen EVERY episode!!) it was a spooky, daunting episode. I think your article here really brings that across, and you are right – we can either react or take a little time to experience the feelings and emotions and make a conscious decision about how to react. 🙂
    Great post!

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