It’s a beautiful day out, so a man decides to go for a walk. He chooses some nearby woods and takes a familiar trail. He falls into a hole on the path. He picks himself up, dusts himself off, climbs out of the hole and continues his walk.
The following week, the man decides to take another walk. He sees the hole up ahead and decides he’ll go around it this time. However, just as he tries to side-step the hole, he accidentally falls in. Again, he picks himself up, dusts himself off, climbs out of the hole and continues his walk.
On his third visit down the same trail, the same man walks a little farther away from the hole, trying to by-pass it altogether. However, he trips over a rock on the path and falls in again! And as before, he picks himself up, dusts himself off, climbs out of the hole and continues his walk.
On the fourth visit to the woods - the same man chooses a DIFFERENT trail and enjoys his walk. The hole isn’t there; he doesn’t fall, there’s no need to climb out, no cause to dust himself off. He simply continues his walk in peace and enjoyment.
Moral of the story? Choose your paths wisely!
It’s kind of like re-reading a book who’s ending you hated the first time around. The ending isn’t going to change. If I read “Painted House” a second time, I still wouldn’t want it to end the way it did. Doing so would be pointless. A wiser choice would be to find a new book on the shelf - or even an old one with an ending I loved.