The other day I saw a picture of me taken 15 years ago and the first thing I thought was how young and vibrant I looked back then. As I faded further into the moment, I began thinking of how fast the years slip away and how much life has changed…the kids were so much younger…we had more time together…life was so much easier…had less gray hair…I actually had some hair…and so on.
There, I did it again…fell into the trap of relativity…not to be confused with “the theory of.” No, no…this has to do with romanticizing the memory of the past where all its wonder flashes back instantaneously in a single moment of pure bliss. How is it that, through the magic of time and space, all struggles and challenges associated with its reality have conveniently melted away… nowhere to be found.
If I’m not careful here I’ll get caught up in the moment, foolishly thinking the best years of my life are quickly fading like an October sunset burning across the Kentucky sky…woe is me.
How in the world can we expect our reality at hand, as it’s encapsulated with all the various stresses of the day, to ever compete, relatively speaking…with the freeze dried moments of the past? It Ain’t Going to Happen!
Fast forward 15 years…pull up a picture of yourself as you are today. That’s right…that same trap of relativity will be waiting to catch you as you fall…longing for the moments you’re in right now.
Speaking for myself… I’m learning it’s not the “present moment” which is elusive… it’s all the others surrounding it which are.
So it’s my goal to keep life’s distractions from blinding me from the joy of the moment I’m in.
The past…was now. The present…is now. The future…will be now. It’s within these boundaries where life is always the best…relatively speaking that is.
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