I Am Inspired

another clapkin clan.

I am inspired this morning to share a “what if” thought. Usually, if you are on a solid track, you don’t go off into that dark patches full of what if’s. Today is a day I am going to let myself travel in that direction.

One thought I have never shared, and it is a “what if”. Once we lived in a lovely part the City of Los Angeles called Cheviot Hills. Our family grew and grew, and very soon there were 7 of us. Our beautiful English Tudor three bedroom home shrank and shrank until finally we had to make a move to accommodate our growing family. Our question was to stay in the city or move to the Valley beyond.

We moved to the Valley beyond. Every so often we talk about how our lives would be different and how the lives of our children would be different if we stayed in the city and NOT moved to the Valley Beyond!!!

We could not have a nicer family. The children and grandchildren are all well, educated and settled. We still live within a short driving distance to all of them. So you see this “What if” question of whether this or that or something else is not even pie in the sky. We have already received our rewards. Now it is still up to those in the photograph to continue growth and development.

Keep on the right road kids and mom and pop, good job!

clapkin van

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sheryl
    Jan 28, 2016 @ 20:04:28

    There are so many forks in the road across a lifetime of living. I’ve given up thinking about “what ifs”, and decided that my life is just “different” than if I’d gone in a different direction, but that it’s impossible to tell if it is better or worse.


  2. Reene
    Jan 28, 2016 @ 21:25:46

    Oh my–such nostalgia!!! the VW bus and the great t-shirts–what if—wow!! that is a question—what if I had—you can’t go back my friend–just keep chugging along—Reene


  3. Gary Friedman
    Jan 28, 2016 @ 22:32:16

    “What if”s about the past are generally a waste of consciousness. They can be valuable for the future only if you learn to let go of the outcome once your decision has been made.


  4. nancyruth
    Jan 29, 2016 @ 07:16:53

    I also get into the “what if” contemplation at times. We almost always think of what ifs and life turning out better, but it could have been worse. Your essay counts your blessings and balances that question. Love the VW van!


  5. Sheila Clapkin
    Jan 29, 2016 @ 11:46:19

    Thank you. I do not spend a lot of time in what if’s, better or worse, but regarding the mentioned issues, I always have the nagging issue in the back of my mind. But I so know we are al in the right place, right now. I love your blog. Please help me to find you. Or did I follow already?!


  6. Jan
    Feb 01, 2016 @ 13:56:07

    Loved the pics and the story! Life offers us so many choices. What would have or could have does seem irrelevant to where reality is today. But oh, what fun to reminisce old times!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Feb 01, 2016 @ 16:16:57

      Sometimes the reminiscing is a healing process as well. You are right.
      And lots of fun. Sometimes thought it is painful. I don’t know, people get what they want to get from going back into our lives. Love to you and yours.


  7. Nuala ryan
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 10:36:42

    “It is still up to us in the photograph to continue growth and development”. I resonate with this challenge to live a life of wondrous adventure as we journey home to the beauty and grandeur of our own being/soul.
    Thank you.


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