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Pointless Contemplations

I recently came across this expression:

Wherever you are, that’s where you are.

I initially took it to be some kind of metaphoric philosophizing, or a Zen proverb intended to be the rough equivalent of some other expression or expressions — “Home is where the heart is,” for example.

Well, it turns out it’s not philosophy or Zen. It’s significantly more pragmatic than that. I’m positive because I tested it. And the test was remarkably simple:

While at home one day, I tried to be somewhere else. It didn’t work. The sober truth I learned is that I couldn’t be somewhere else because I was already where I was.

What’s that you say? All this seems like pointless nonsense? Yes, of course. You’re exactly right. In that regard, it’s like so much else of what we’re doing while the world spins out of control.

We’d rather try and be in two places at one time — or partake in any other fruitless or nonsensical exercises or distractions — than to recognize the reality around us and try to change it.

At what point does pointlessness become a way of life?

What will it cost?

Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brienhttps://obriencg.com/
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.

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