When you stop and really consider that you are one person out of seven billion others on a planet that itself is over four billion years old, it kind of puts your life into perspective.
We are truly here for the blink of an eye.
But we spend so much time worrying, analyzing, sitting in suffering debating over what to do…or not to do. We make a big deal out of things. We forget that our lives are simultaneously an enormous miracle – a gift from God – and a tiny grain of sand in an ecosystem that has been, and will continue to be here for longer than we can imagine (long after humans are extinct).
This awareness does not scare me. Rather, it liberates me. It frees me to realize that what I do here for a few quick decades does not make much of a difference.
Let me qualify: YES one person can make a huge difference. There are endless examples of this. But the tiny details that we agonize over, in the long run, really don’t matter.
If we manage to somehow embrace and know our truest selves, share that with others, add a little more light to things, and (mostly) enjoy ourselves along the way, then we’ve had a good life; we’ve done our part.
I also realize that the ‘weather’ patterns of life come and go. Some days there are storms and some days I find myself sitting in a warm field of flowers humming with bees. I don’t know why it changes, but it just does. If it’s in nature, it makes sense that it’s inside my heart, too.
We are nature…we just forget.
I’m extremely grateful that I find myself finally able to not be overcome by the weather patterns. Rather, I just know that they are there, always shifting, and that underneath them, the real me is always okay.
There is immense faith and trust in that. Trusting that if there is rain, rain must be needed. If there is a day of sun, that’s what’s needed, too. Realizing that the rotations will never stop, but if we are smart enough to put on a coat when it storms, and bring out a blanket to lay on the land when it’s warm, there is much enjoyment, magic and wonder to be had along the way.