Somehow Aaron Sorkin’s words are making a bigger impact on me now more than ever before. And mostly it’s the famous Leo Quote…. You know the one…
“This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy yells up, “Hey, can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts out, “Father, I’m down in this hole, can you help me out?” The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. “Hey Joe, it’s me, can you help me out?” and the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “Are you stupid, now we’re both down here.” The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.”
I always thought I was the person walking down the street and would willingly jump into the hole to show a friend the way out. These days I think I might be the person that has fallen into the hole and I’m desperately calling out for help.
The problem is that I’m still waiting for the right person to come along and shine some light on the situation. The person to jump in and say “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.” So far there have been some likely candidates but not a leap. No one person to say “I got this”
Aaron Sorkin didn’t create the world where I live. Maybe there is no friend to jump in to save me. Maybe I don’t work at the West Wing. Maybe life is real. Crap, I was so hoping we might all win Emmy’s for our performances.
It’s also funny that I wanted to play the part of Sam Seaborn. (but I digress)
But back to life and that dreaded hole.
Right now I do feel like I’m the one stuck in it… and dammit I know I will get out of here even if I have to figure it out myself. (I might be starting to accept this isn’t a Sorkin universe) And even if it feels like there are people throwing rocks down on my head from above, don’t you worry, I know how to duck and cover.
I could just say to myself, “I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.”