I Want a Retrospectoscope

One operates in the now. Later, the retrospectoscope, that handy tool of the wags and pundits, the conveners of the farce we call M&M—morbidity and mortality conference—will pronounce your decision right or wrong. Life, too, is like that. You live it forward, but understand it backward. It is only when you stop and look to the rear that you see the corpse caught under your wheel.”

—Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone

I accidentally memorized this quote. Whoops. It must have stewed in the folds of my brain too long, its chord ringing a hertz too true, so that it finally over-boiled and tumbled from my lips while my hapless dad worked at his desk.

Sheme? Huh?”

Oh, it’s just an incredible quote from this incredible book I just finished. Funny how it’s still there. The quote, I mean. In my head.

Readers, what to you think of it?

 

In awe of Verghese,

Isabella – 6/12/16

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