It's Your Life: A Moment With Bill Reflection
An Observation from Nature
It is a phenomenon that few people see, for it requires being in the right place at the right time, and it requires the patience to follow the drama to the end.
You must be on a beach that faces a broad expanse of water to the west. Those on the west coast of Florida would be able to see it, as would those on the west coast of the United States, and the British Isles, and dozens of other locations around the world.
Grab a beach chair and settle down in the sand in the early evening. Look out at the blue of the ocean, and look up at the blue of the sky, and relax as the drama unfolds. As the sun begins to fade from view, the blue of the ocean slowly turns gray, and a bit later the blue of the sky will transform as well….but there is one moment, one spectacular moment, when both the blue of the sky and the blue of the ocean intertwine in one last embrace.
Shortly after the water fades from view altogether, and then the sky, and all that is left is blackness and a sense of vastness and unpredictability.
But there was that one moment……when it all came together and life seemed to make perfect sense.
An Observation from History
Two thousand miles, from St. Joseph, Missouri, to the Willamette Valley of Oregon….one step at a time. How many steps does it take to make a mile? Three feet to a stride? Over 1,750 strides per mile? Over three million strides until they could drop to their knees and feel the black gold between their fingers and look back at the enormity of their undertaking.
Reading the journals of those who crossed the Oregon Trail, one is immediately struck with the tedious and spirit-breaking nature of that trip. Every day looked the same as the last. Crossing the Great Plains meant day in and day out of dust, flatness and bleakness.
And then it would happen!
From a distance a column of dust would rise, and squinting in that direction, slowly a black smudge would assert itself on the landscape. The smudge grew in size, and the dust rose in size, and fear grabbed the throats of the travelers as the unknown and unthinkable overtook their insignificant wagon train. A vast herd of bison, a million strong, passed before the pilgrims, taking three full days to leave them behind so that their tedious journey could continue.
But for those three days there was awe. For those three days the mundane became the extraordinary, and man and nature joined once again in a timeless dance of survival.
Mr. Dan Fogelberg says it better than I can
The Chance of a Lifetime in a Lifetime of Chance
The average life span? About seventy-five years, give or take a few according to nation of origin and sex. Seventy-five years…..27,375 days…..657,000 hours. Seems like quite a few, doesn’t it?
How many of those hours look the same? We get up, we eat, we go to work, we clean the house, we work our jobs, we do our chores and run our errands, we, we, we, we….how much of our life is spent embracing the mundane and tedious?
Almost 192,000 of those hours are spent sleeping and allowing our bodies to regenerate so that we can carry on the inexorable march towards the sunset of our lives. Let’s say you work six hours per day either at a job or around the house….what’s that….164,000 hours?
So that leaves us with approximately 300,000 hours not spent working or sleeping. 300,000 hours over the span of a lifetime to experience wonder and awe.
“Life is not tried it is merely survived if you’re standing outside the fire.” Garth Brooks
So let me ask you this question: when are you going to experience that glorious moment when the blue of the sea and the blue of the horizon meet? When are you going to stand awe-struck as the bison parade before you?
This lesson was presented to me when I was nineteen, but I wasn’t receptive to the lesson. Like many, I lived the ensuing years convinced that I had an unlimited amount of time to experience life. It did not dawn on me until seven years ago, when life almost came to an end, that immortality is only experienced by the gods, and those of us who are constantly borrowing from Peter to pay Paul have this moment and this moment only as a guarantee.
So my message to you is to make this moment count.
How Much More Time Will Be Wasted?
Light the tail feathers of a duck on fire if you want to find out just how fast a duck truly is. So it was for me, and so it should be for you. Present to me irrefutable proof that I am living on borrowed time and I can kick it, and have, kicked it into a higher gear.
There is no time to waste, and yet that is exactly what so many people do. They plant their feet in the mire and the muck, and spend hours, days, months and years concentrating on that muck, and don’t realize that 95% of their body is free of the ooze that entraps them.
There is no time to waste!
It’s your life to do with as you please. If you are enraptured with the feel of slime between your toes then by all means rest comfortably and make no attempt to break free.
If, however, you find yourselves slipping into a wistful state from time to time, wanting more, hoping for more, crying out for more, then the time for change is now.
Excuses Are for the Unenlightened
We have no use for excuses, you and I. We have advanced as a species until we have become the lords of this manor called Earth. It all lies before us waiting for us to experience it. We were given the tools for success at birth. If we did not use those tools then the blame falls squarely in our laps, but that is not a life sentence. This moment, right now, can be the beginning of awe in our lives, but we are required to take the first step. This moment, right now, can be the epiphany that catapults us to infinity and beyond, but we must be willing to cast aside the mundane and embrace the wonder of life.
Do not tell me you cannot do it.
Do not tell me that it is impossible.
Do not tell me that you are not talented enough.
Do not tell me that you are not good enough.
Do not tell me that you are not deserving enough.
Tell me, only, that you are tired of living life at 50% capacity and that you are casting off your chains.
Thoughts to consider
So Here Is What You Should Do
Grab a beach chair. Dig your toes into the soft sand and gaze westward. Feel the warm breeze against your face. Now concentrate on that fine point in the distance where the blue of water meets the blue of sky. Do you see it? Do you recognize it?
It is you! You are the culmination of nature and nurture. You are the miraculous result of thousands of years of evolution. Somewhere, off to the west, lies that place where the colors will fade and the light will dim, but it has not happened yet. You are a glorious co-mingling of colors that are unique to the world, and it is time that you stand up and allow the rest of the world to see your vibrant hues.
“Life is not tried it is merely survived……”
It is time for you….now is your time….to live!
2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)
“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”