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The temptation to do a "47%" diary was nearly irresistable. As the Muse and I mulled how to approach it, I checked Facebook and saw a status update that stuck with me all afternoon. And so I leave the Rmoney snark to other wonderful diaries (and, possibly, the comments down below) and head towards the philosophical below the dingledoodle squigglie dKosagnocchi dividerthingie fold after a word from our sponsor...

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The status update in question was from someone remembering a particular event in their life, how they were afraid to take "that step" but did and it turned out to be so wonderful. They then said: ...it always reminds me that I need to take the chance and make the leap, I think we more often regret missed opportunities than we do missteps.

I agree 47 100% that the regrets in our lives generally are of the missed chances and not mistakes type. I make a mistake, in general I learn from it, and it adds to the person I am today. I in general like myself, meaning that even the missteps and mistakes made me the Brillig I am today.

Missed opportunities, on the other hand, are harder for me. What could I have been, or done, or learned, or seen? What would that have changed in my timeline? I think about how many chances I haven't taken in my life. How many times I was afraid to ask for what I wanted, or say hi to someone who looked like they needed a friend. I wonder who I missed out on, or what I could have had if I'd asked.

I also think about the times I did speak up, or say hi, or attempt something I'd never tried and wasn't sure I could accomplish. Little things, like making it to the top of a climbing wall one vacation. Even if I thought I needed the staff to come up and help me down since letting go of the top for the belay down was scarier than getting there :-). The people I now hold dear in my life that never would have become so vital had I not taken the chance and opened up.

When I think about the biggest leap I have ever taken, the one that came to mind first, and probably is the biggest best one hands down, is the utter and total leap of faith that was saying "Yes, we'll accept that referral of a small boy in Ethiopia." The boy who became K2.

Best leap ever. How about you, what leaps did you take, or not take, and do you think you'll regret the road not taken or the road you made a mistake on?



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From madhaus:
This comment by ReverseThePolarity in Kaili Joy Gray's Romney campaign non-responds to devastating videos of Mitt being a dick was brilliant. (Diarist's note: came in juuuust after last night's diary published)

 I admit, I didn't see this one coming, but this one by dharmafarmer is deep in comments with everyone discussing the Fail that is Team Romney.  

From Steveningen:
In FiredUpInCA's diary Jimmy Carter's Grandson Made the Mitt Romney Video Viral, Gooserock gets in one hell of a dig. Don't believe me? As of this submission, it has received 376 uprates.  (Diarist's note: nominated just after closing time last night, but the extra bits in the thread today  make it extra superb today!)
From Yours Truly, brillig:
sawgrass727 on Rmoney's speech last nite. Montco PA Dem and TexDem for the tagteam reply and re-reply.


Top Mojo for yesterday, September 17h, first comments and tip jars excluded. Thank you mik for the mojo magic!
  1) Sometimes Karma Can Be Strapped to Your Roof nt by Gooserock — 374
  2) Ya...that got me too. by MsLibrarian — 291
  3) that's dogma, actually n/t by j b norton — 246
  4) I think the way it goes is: by tom 47 — 234
  5) I missed it all by coquiero — 233
  6) Then Hey's Lying. by Gooserock — 207
  7) I think Carter's by Mnemosyne — 178
  8) I was suprised to see the video shown on by hungrycoyote — 164
  9) I am finding by SanJoseLady — 159
10) That comment is reverberating in lots of places. by ontheleftcoast — 152
11) Like so? by Scarce — 147
12) Ouch n/t by deha — 145
13) The best revenge by Diogenes2008 — 137
14) That one is going to leave a mark.... by Jeff in Milwaukee — 136
15) "You guys" by Bob Johnson — 134
16) I bet they are looking for their spy... by David Kroning II — 129
17) we missed more than a kernel of info by SeaTurtle — 128
18) White male property owners voted in 1792 by FishOutofWater — 128
19) It's got nothing to do with "ready." by Troubadour — 121
20) I think it was the chair.nt by MariaSquared — 119
21) Turn on Rachel Maddow by Denise Oliver Velez — 115
22) I'd rec this a million times if by lighttheway — 111
23) BREAKING !!!!11!! by dharmafarmer — 110
24) If only there were someone in charge by GussieFN — 109
25) Awesome righteous rant, my friend! by Ekaterin — 107
26) Hey, Mittens. I pay a far higher by blue jersey mom — 106
27) Was he "playing to the crowd" when he said: by elwior — 105
28) Hey, the "Dick" in "Dick You Over" is by ksh01 — 103
29) The nerve of a guy who pays less than 14% taxes by NMDad — 101
30) Agreed by AaronBa — 101    


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