Today’s Daily Prompt suggests “Go back to a blog post you always thought could be better, or were unsatisfied with — now, fix it.”
I tried, I really did. I looked back over thirty posts to this blog and had a go at editing three of them but ended up feeling that my edits and rewrites were no real improvement.
As it says in “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
What, Tony? What are you on about? Well as I looked at those blog posts I realised I certainly could rewrite one or two of them, make them “better” but to me that would feel dishonest. I am no longer the person that wrote those posts, the person that felt they were a good enough expression of his thoughts that they could be published here.
Of course Omar Khayyam meant more than the literal in his quatrain, his moving finger is fate itself. We cannot stop it or change it and having felt its influence we cannot go back and change what has happened.
Life, through the travails and treasures of fate and in part my own free will, has written changes upon me and so the man that writes these words is not the man that wrote my previous posts. There are many places in my life I might wish to edit or rewrite so that they turned out differently but we cannot “lure it back to cancel half a line”.
So be content with what you have written, be it words in a blog post or what you have written upon the world. Don’t regret or seek to change now that having writ fate and life have moved on.