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Wayback Machine

Wayback Machine

I used to love Peabody and his Wayback Machine.  It was a cleaver way to teach history.

I had a dream last night.  In the dream it was last week and I knew it.  The strange thing is, it was like I was living it for the first time with a single exception.  That exception was I knew what was going to happen in a few days and I was presented with the opportunity to do something about it.

As I stood there talking to a person who was about to meet a tragic death I realized that although I new what was going to happen, she did not.  A cold feeling of helplessness overcame me in the dream.

I turned to Elizabethe as my skin turned pale and said, “She doesn’t know.”

Faced with the dilemma many time-travel science fiction stories are faced with, I though, “Can traveling back in time change the future?”

Like many dreams, I then woke realizing it was just another nightmare associated with feelings of helplessness.  I woke my wife and shared it with her.  She shared an interesting insight from Orson Scott Card.  She said Brother Card handles this in as if you went back in the past and changed things it wouldn’t matter because the future you now know becomes irrelevant because it never happened.

Okay… interesting take for a plot, but the fact of the matter is Michele still lost her life.

A friend posted this on Facebook which brings some solace.

President Featherstone pondered and wondered what he might say to comfort this family who was very faithful in the Church who had strong testimonies and an understanding of the Plan of Salvation. What could he say that would comfort them. The Spirit prompted him to tell them that upon her death she was embraced in the arms of the Savior and the terrible memory of the circumstances surrounding her death was erased forever.

I got thinking though… In my own life, if I could travel back in time and tell my younger self three things, what would it be (besides “Yahoo!”… okay, that’s a reference to the movie Frequency if you haven’t watched it.)  Here’s my list…

  1. Disassociate yourself with anyone who ridicules or puts you down in front of others, or those who take joy in doing this to others.
  2. Please God, not people or trust God, but don’t trust people who don’t trust God.
  3. Pursue your good ideas.

That’s really about it.  No, I wouldn’t give myself tips on what stocks are going to do great.  Instead, I chose these three things that had I learned them earlier in life they would have saved me a lot of grief and disappointment.