Aphelion Editorial 050
The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
by Dan L. Hollifield
Hello and welcome!
Welcome to the 50th issue
of Aphelion! I think we've just set some kind of internet record
for e-zines. Somebody call Ripley! LOL!
I never thought that I'd be still at it by this time.
Good grief! As e-zines are usually short-lived buggers, I thought that
Aphelion would have vanished long ago. But yet, here we stand. I can
relate due to the tribulations and trials of my job, my home life, and
whatnot. Lately I've been feeling like I'm being used up rapidly... I'm
having to work too much overtime because of entropy. Things keep
breaking down and I have to have cash to replace and repair them. But
I've done what I needed to do and still I remain.
As Aphelion remains. Others have come, burned like a
beacon in the long night, then dimmed and died. We miss them, but yet
we remain. Thanks for keeping us alive. But you really want to know
what I'm gonna rant about this month, don't you? Deity knows that its
not my editorials that keep you coming back each month, LOL! But yet...
I can dream, can't I?
OK, entropy-- Let's look at that. Everything I own is
falling to pieces, chaos, disorder... Sounds like college actually. I
get the feeling that if I didn't work my butt off I'd wind up back in a
duplex with packing crates for tables and lawn furniture for chairs.
Now I'm a minor landowner, with a house and several vehicles, my Lady
Love, and a very demanding poodle. Or did I reverse those last two?
Hmmm... The point is that entropy increases, always, unless one takes
pains to impose order on your personal portion of reality. Everything
wears out, or spoils, or self-destructs over time, unless you make it
your business to keep it stable. You can't neglect your home, or car,
or job, or even your girlfriend-- Not unless you plan on getting a new
one by-and-by. And replacements aren't easy to get, so pay attention to
what you have. Work at it or it'll be gone. Whether its the environment
or your relationships with your loved ones, if you don't make an effort
to keep it alive, it'll go bad on you. You can't afford to neglect what
you have, and you can indeed make it better with hard work. Much like
writing. If you don't work at making it better, you wind up doing
without it. And that'd be a really sad thing to happen.
Of course, imposing order is never easy. It seems like
something simply has to be fixed each day. But you
can't let it get you down, and you can turn it into fun most of the
time. So dig in, think it through, and then make it happen the way you
want. Its not easy, but the rewards are pure bliss.
Thanks for your time.
© 2001 Dan L. Hollifield
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