Years ago, I attended a show at the local planetarium during which I learned a life-changing fact. As I was leaning back in my seat staring at the ceiling full of stars and galaxies, I was taken far in the depths of the universe. So far in fact, that I was told that if a human could be sent there (which was humanly impossible) and spend a year, 10 years would have gone by on the earth when he returned (talk about time traveling!). I don’t know about you, but this scientific fact stunned me and gave me a whole new perspective on life. On MY life. I felt like I was part of a greater reality than what I could comprehend, one that might not make sense to my human brain even. I felt surrounded by wonder, a reality that escaped me, but fascinated me. Some of the stars we see at night have been dead for millions of years. What does this mean to my life, that time, as measured by us following the rotation of the earth around the sun and the various ticking clocks, is not as defined and clear as we tend to think?
Isn’t that a fascinating question?
In a hundred years, just about everyone and everything around you will be gone. In a way, it already is. The people that you love, your house, your dog, your car… You. Gone. It is not that your existence is not important or life-changing for many people around you. It is not that your essence is not one of the most precious things. It is not that you have no value or worth. It is more along the lines that you are temporary. Well this is no news. But everything and everyone is as well. Even the people that you think are in your way, the circumstances that you think will never end. I find this fact very relaxing. Don’t you? :) Your temporary nature, and the temporary nature of all things, make your life even more meaningful and less dramatic.
We all experience time differently. One can feel like every Christmas comes back so fast while another can feel like everything around her is going too slowly. How are you going to use the time that you have, whether it flies by or feels like it’s dragging? Are you doing what you love? Are you having fun? When was the last time you had fun? I mean real genuine fun! Oh I know there are serious issues to deal with on this earth. But isn’t everything more bearable when you take fun breaks, days devoted to fun only, or yes, vacations? Adding just a bit of fun every day will change your life. What do you really have fun doing? Do you ever play? Is your level of playfulness ready for the game of life?
If you Google «Illusion of time», you will find mind boggling presentations and ideas, some coming from science, affirming that there is no past, present and future, that everything happens at once. The only true certainty that we have is our awareness of the present moment. Until your awareness brings you to the moment when you are certain that you are gone, that all around you is gone, there is Life. YOUR life. That precious gift.
«Time is not measured by the years we live but by the deeds we do and the joys we give.» – Helen Steiner Rice (American writer of inspirational poetry)
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