I can’t remember how old I was when I got my first Magic 8 Ball. But I was young and since then I have always owned one.
When I was leaving for college I made sure to pack my Magic 8 ball with me. Something told me it would most likely come in handy during the next four years. I placed it on my desk and anyone who came in took turns twirling it. I think it is certain that the 8 ball knew more dorm secrets than roommates and R.A’s.
When I graduated I didn’t grow out of my attachment.
For years, I kept the 8 ball on my desk at work. And I can’t tell you how many colleagues, students and staff would come up, see the ball and give it a whirl.
I also kept a steady supply of chocolate handy so my desk was like free therapy. Come on up, get an answer, have a piece of chocolate and without a doubt instantly feel better.
There’s just something about being able to have an answer in the palm of my hand any time I want one that appeals to me. You may rely on it, day or night, to never let you down. And if it is a bad time, just ask again later.
This eagerness for answers might even be why I owned an 8 ball keychain. Unfortunately, one day I dropped it and well, outlook not so good—it broke apart revealing the inside of the mini-ball.
Now the 8 ball sits here in my office, on my desk, always just a reach away. I don’t overuse the magic. No, no. I reserve it for days when I feel especially confused. And as I see it yes, it’s also a handy procrastination tool.
Q: Should I get back to work?
A: Yes definitely
Q: Are you sure I should get back to work?
A: It is decidedly so
Q: Will I win the lottery someday?
A: Concentrate and ask again
See? The 8 ball is good. I really wasn’t concentrating on that last question. And I probably should get back to work.
But first I might ask my 8 ball app for a second opinion. Yes, there’s an app for that.
In this crazy world of chaos, good advice can sometimes be hard to come by. But the Magic 8 Ball? Well, you can count on it and I don’t mind getting insight wherever I can, even from this ball of wonder. Thank you for the lighthearted guidance.