Life happens, and sometimes things happen that give our existence some perspective. I find that this morning I came to work a little earlier. Walking a few blocks between parking and the hospital, I saw the sunrise on the Horizon. I stopped for a moment and really looked at it. I continued down the block feeling the ground through my shoes with each step feeling slightly different. I felt my weight underside. I concentrated on taking long slow deliberate breaths. The morning wind blew through the leaves on the bamboo trees next to the sidewalk. The leaves were dry and shriveled from the current heat wave. I walked past a beautiful sycamore tree. It had excellent proportions. I thought about spending years getting to know every branch and twig in that tree and still never completely know it; a comforting and sad thought. I had a moment of consciousness. A moment of touching eternity. These moments come and help us put our life and priorities in their proper position. I become reoriented to Life
This should happen more often. Our culture should train us to seek these moments like we seek entertainment. But we don’t. Too often, it takes a death of a mother or father or friend; a close call in a car accident; a new diagnosis that completely changes our lives to that moment. It takes a cardinal change when the path of our lives take a dramatic turn on a hinge of incident to bring us to this moment of consciousness when we can look at life and see how short and precious and impermanent is our time together.
I pray we find these opportunities without requiring heartbreak. We should be able to be this aware. Let us find a place to access eternity like a docking station for creation. Look for it and find it. Look for it in the wind in the trees, in the hot touch of sunlight making sweat rise on your skin or the chilling wind of winter frosting each breath. Find it in the crashing of ocean waves, the saltwater as it meets the earth; in the sound of rain on your roof and the calls of the excited mockingbird in my yard. He is showing off and my just for the pleasure of my ears. Find it in the hug of your family and the feel of your house keys in your hand.
Eternity does not come and go. It is ever-present, everywhere, every moment waiting for us to notice our gifts. Breath and walk and look.