Sunday, June 7, 2009


I came across a blog the other day that stated some good questions. I wish I could remember which blog it was so I could link to it, but it reminded me of something I wrote awhile back.

What is on your mind at this moment? What are your concerns, worries, hopes, dreams, sorrows, joys, and struggles at this moment? What about yesterday? How about last week? Can you even remember? Think about this day, last year; chances are you can't even remember.

What does that say about the things that are on your mind right now? Do you think they will matter tomorrow, next week, a year from now, or even ten years from now?

The estimated population of this planet is over 6.5 billion people. I think it's safe to assume all 6.5 billion people have something on their mind at this moment. They all have their worries, concerns, troubles, and such.

Our life expectancy is somewhere around seventy-five years. How long is seventy-five years compared to a thousand? or several thousand years that make up recorded history? How long have people lived on this planet? How many lives have come and gone in that time? I doubt anyone really knows.

It's clear all those people lived their lives one day at a time, with their own daily joys and struggles, such as we. It is impossible to comprehend, but sobering to try.

Often our worries seem so big they overshadow everything else, but in the whole scheme of our life, are they really a big deal? In the whole big scheme of things, do they even matter at all? Why is it then we expect the whole world to bend over backwards to submit to our will? and why is it we feel persecuted when we don't get our own way?

I don't know, but it's something to think about.


  1. Thank you for this post. It "reminded me" of some stuff I need to remember, too. Just being happy is one of them. Being a part of this wonderful world, and seeing creative people like you is another.

    Thanks for hanging with me at the tree house. :-)

  2. Unless you're cursed with a memory like an elephant and a penchant for journaling. Then you never lose a thing to the passing of time. Perhaps it's a good thing...a way to move forward without losing an ounce of perspective.

  3. sometimes i wish i had a memory like an elephant; i could view my whole life in detail like a painting instead of having so much of it slip through my fingers like water. however memories are tied to emotions. recalling an image of the past, imagining the future, and experiencing an image of the present all use many of the same 'muscles'. ruminating over a negative experience can trigger negative emotions that can distort the present. then again, the emotions of the present distorts the image of our past which we recreate in the present when we remember. but you're right, we need memory to keep perspective. if the present happens to be negative we make it bigger than it is, but memory can put it back into it's proper proportion.