"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment." - Henry David Thoreau
Having wished you a Merry Christmas in my last two blogs, I was preparing to wish you a Happy New Year. Then I started thinking about the years, decades, centuries and all of humanity's measurements of time even down to our divisions of months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds and nanoseconds. We believe all these measurements of time are so important to all of us. But are they? Really?
As humans, we are constantly regretting the past or waxing nostalgic about the "good ole' days". Alternatively, we are anticipating, fearing or preparing for we know not what in our futures. We spend so much of our time in the past and future that we neglect to enjoy the people and the things with us in the here and the now. We think the New Year will bring us a new start, a time for renewal, a time for resolutions to make us better people - all in the future, in the New Year, but the New Year never comes, just like tomorrow never comes. We have only here and now to do good things, to love and be loved, to make peace, to forgive and to be forgiven.
So, yes, I wish you a very Happy New Year filled with all the people and the things you love. I wish you joy each day. But most of all, I wish you a very Happy "Here and Now", and peace for eternity. For what is eternity? It is the here and the now.
Click on the image above to be totally immersed by the here and the now, the eternity of our universe as captured by the Hubble telescope. If you have more time I invite you to click on the box entitled Music of the Cosmos for another awesome experience.
Gerald M. Sliva
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