A long time ago in the future there was an area of land called Aktion. We might call it a country. Aktion was a beautiful land surrounded by a beautiful ocean not that the people of Aktion ever took the time to notice their surroundings. They were all too busy doing and being busy under a cloud of grey.
Now in this fair land lived a youth. We’d say he was in his early twenties. He had no name but he was mockingly known as The Dandy Lion by the people of Aktion for he unlike the others was not busy doing. He was in their opinion a waste of space wasting time and using up air talking about his dreams and ideas and what he was going to do one day.
It was custom in the land of Aktion that if one was to meet another one. The ones must spend at least ten of what we’d call minutes telling the other what one had been doing. This was an order from the Aktion Council and it’s purpose was to motivate the people into doing.
It was a fine morning that Roland and Matilda a married pair set out on their way. To get to where they were doing they had to take the coastal path and it was upon the cliffs they saw the one called The Dandy Lion approaching.
Roland and Matilda both uttered word clouds of junk disappointment at the sight of The Dandy Lion approaching as they knew they’d have to talk to him for ten minutes as was directed by The Council.
‘Good day to you both’ enthused The Dandy Lion. ‘To where are you doing?’
Roland and Matilda both began talking in a robotic annoyed manner.
‘We are doing what we do, as we all do, we are taking daily action as action gives value to who we are and we collect the tokens to show we have been doing well’.
‘Fabulous’ replied The Dandy Lion.
And as was custom it was now the turn of Roland and Matilda to ask in return.
‘To where are you doing?’ They asked in a grey dulled judging manner.
‘Today as everyday I have been feeling who I am and what I am to be. Today I have been feeling in the moment what I’ll be in the next when I’m grown up’.
Roland and Matilda rolled the eyes to each other and thought out loud in critical way and in doing so they sighed some greyness into the air.
‘I will grow to be gardener and spend my time sculpting the space I reside in,talking to the flowers and shrubs and trees and arranging them into a dream and then when I have had that moment I will grow into a painter and fill many a blank page with all the images I see and imagine and I shall breathe in every colour and from my heart make a million paintings’.
The married pair scratched their hands in a bored way and twitched and sighed some more grey into the air.
‘And then I will have another moment and I shall sail the ocean to different lands and I shall be at the mercy of the elements and be free with the midnight blue and the depth of the sky and sea and fill my pockets with memories and I’ll take a hot air balloon and take other people to visit the lands I’ve experienced’.
Roland and Matilda again thought some negative thoughts and judgments and looked at their watches.
‘And then finally I will in my next moment walk to the horizon and then to the next one and to the next one and to the next one and collect recipes from all the places I visit and prepare to be a great chef and will create great banquets for all’.
Roland and Matilda could tolerate no more and the two of them began to rant together in but out of tune.
‘You are doing nothing, you are never any use or good, you will never do any of what you say, you never have and nothing will come to you as you take no action and no action will come to you. Stupid Dandy Lion. Go away and do your nothing somewhere away. Stop stopping us from doing’.
With that the grey of their words darkened the sky.
‘Thank you for talking to me and I wish you well. Have a good doing. I must walk to my next moment now as the sky which was sunny has turned grey and I may not be able to see my way unless I can’.
And with that The Dandy Lion set on his way without offence or care.
The next morning as Roland and Matilda read the paper which told all of what doings had happened they came across an article which explained that a man had gone missing on the coastal path the previous day.
As they read on it became evident that it was The Dandy Lion who had lost his way in the grey air and had slipped and fallen to his goodbye.
As was custom in Aktion the last people to see someone who had said goodbye had to go to where the person had lived with the Inspector of Goodbyes to make an account of the life of one who had stopped and learn from that interaction.
And so it was that Roland and Matilda arrived at a small wooden abode with the Inspector.
‘This is the place we had expected someone like him wouldn’t live’ said Matilda. ‘Useless’ said Roland.
The Inspector who was different to the people of Aktion smiled and opened the door to the hut.
After an hour of listing The Dandy Lions items and criticising him. The pair looked to The Inspector and moaned
‘He has nothing of any use and we must be on our way to what we are doing, if only he did instead of dreamed he’d still be here’.
The Inspector smiled and replied that they were nearly done but that they had failed to notice the tin box in the corner of the room and as was custom as they were the last people to see the one who had said Goodbye they must check all items.
With a sigh Roland bent down and opened the tin box. Inside the box was a bundle of negatives with which one prints photographs. The Inspector took hold of the negatives and held them to the light of the window.
The light revealed images of The Dandy Lion gardening in a wonderful garden, images of him sailing foreign lands, images of him in a hot air balloon taking people on tour, images of him walking through the beautiful Aktion landscape and images of him creating fabulous banquets indeed there was an image for everything The Dandy Lion has said he would do yesterday to Roland and Matilda.
‘How!! How and how is this possible?, the pair asked, ‘he cannot of goodbyed if these negatives are positive, he must be here’.
The Inspector smiled and replied
‘He is here and he has Goodbyed.He has said Goodbye to you and to those who do not see him. These negatives are the future moments he was feeling and putting into motion and now he is here being what he felt you see but in a different level’.
Roland and Matilda were puzzled, scared and confused and protested loudly…
‘There are only three steps to the ladder of life, what was, what is and what rewards you get for doing. How can he be here if he didn’t do as we all do?’
The Inspector smiled and replied in a whisper…
‘There are many steps to the ladder of life my little friends follow me’…
The trio walked out of the hut and climbed a little hill to where a silver ladder stood. The ladder had as many steps as the eye could see.
‘Step up’ suggested The Inspector.
In a state of overwhelming intrigue and puzzlement Roland and Matilda started to climb the silver ladder up step 1,2,3,3,4,5,6,7,8,9….
As they climbed up and up they paused and looked out upon the land of Aktion and saw past the grey clouds under which everybody was busy doing. They looked out and saw the beautiful ocean and beyond that far and distant lands and far past the horizon into the universe they caught sight of a hot air balloon.
And at the helm was The Dandy Lion who waved and painted a thank you into the sky.
‘You see my friends’,said The Inspector, ‘We are all dandelions. Here for a moment and then we turn into little seeds of ourselves ready to blown to the wind to find a new place to be and replenish. A dandelion doesn’t do it is merely being happy in what it is and what it knows it will become in the next’.
A moment later Roland and Matilda were in bed in a deep sleep.
They awoke the following mourning with a fresh feeling. Matilda looked to Roland on the way to where they were doing and asked Roland, ‘What are we doing?’.
Roland smiled and replied…
‘Today we are being’ and with that he plucked a dandelion clock from the grass and blew it into the breeze with a happier heart, safe in the new knowledge that they were possibly more than what they had been doing. And the dandelion seed landed on a lawn and settled in to the grass ready to become itself in the next moment.
The End/The Start