Sarah Sheard's Thoughts and Theories

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

What if this *IS* the second time through?

How often have you thought, "Gee, if I had this life to live over again, I would definitely..."

An article in Science News discusses a famous snake-bite doctor, Dr. Sean Bush of the Venom ER TV Show, receiving a page that his 2-year-old son had been bitten by a rattlesnake. He was able to save his own son's life with all the skills he had studied in medical school and practiced by saving other peoples' lives.

Now, if you knew that when you grew up, your own babies' life would be risked by a snakebite, wouldn't that make you want to go into snakebite medicine?

Now suppose for a minute that Dr. Bush lived a different life, where he became a dentist, possibly, or a proctologist, and one day his baby son died because there wasn't a practiced snake-bite doctor in the hospital to which he was flown? Dr. Bush certainly would have said, "Gee, if I had it to do over, I definitely would have become a snake-bite doctor!"

What if this IS the life that we are living the second time through? Doesn't it look like once in a while, things turn out just exactly the way you would want them to, and you had no idea they were going to until that exact minute?


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