Dust to Dust

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
— St. Teresa of Calcutta

Brothers & Sisters,

There are very few things more certain than life than the fact that time will always keep ticking whether we like it or not. Time doesn't care about you or me and operates entirely independently of everything else in this universe. While these concepts might sound like no-brainers have you ever stopped to think about the idea of time in depth?

The notion of yesterday is an interesting one. How much should we focus on what happened in the past? I believe that too many people dwell on the past to such an extent that they often forget the present moment that they're living in. What if we were able to filter the good from the things we were dwelling on and then shed the rest? Imagine how much closer we'd be able to come to living in the present! I might also argue that dwelling on the past is an entirely fruitless task that does nothing but bears us down with luggage that we don't need in our lives. 

It is my argument that humans think about the future more than they ought to. What if instead as we lived the present-day life we always had the goal of being kind to each other and keeping ourselves happy and healthy? Wouldn't this take care of the future for us? What value do we get by focusing so heavily on the future? I feel as if we end up creating faulty expectations of ourselves that if not meant just lead to disappointment in ourselves which should be something we want to avoid. I'd encourage you to focus on doing things that ensure you are living a good life now and into the future and the rest is just gravy.

It feels like we shrug off the present because we're in it right now. I'm unsure that is the way we're supposed to look at these terms. What if we took half the time we spent dwelling on the past and half the time we took focusing on the future and put it towards the present? What fruits would that tree bear? The truth is that by not focusing on the present like we should our current day becomes vulnerable to many decisions made on a whim or strictly for bolstering our misguided view of the future. So if we stop running through the present time with reckless abandon, we might actually begin to live the life that we are meant to be living and not wasting days.

My friends, we should always remember that our time here on earth is but a millionth of a millionth of a second in the grand scheme of things.

By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.
— Genesis 3:19


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