On memory-defying days we can be fooled for thinking all of life is against us. We lose all comprehension of how good life’s been and how good it can still become.
We’re known for our gratitude-amnesia in this regard, though gratefulness seems nothing to do with it.
We stop believing in truth to chase the lie that is presented right before us, and it beckons: “believe!” We’re ensconced to it. Then we cannot for the life of us escape. We’re restrained by this mental nemesis for the rest of the day and perhaps into the next, and often beyond.
Name it a thousand names... the names don’t matter—we’re stuck.
Two Polar Aspects - Triumph & Disaster - Both Impostors
As Rudyard Kipling stated poignantly in his classically salient poem, If, both triumph and disaster are thieving impostors. Both of these rob us of the truth about ourselves and our world.
One deludes; the other vanquishes our hope.
One we welcome willingly; the other we despise.
Yet, both are cruel—and both will pass. Success and pleasure may come to us all, however, they’re fleeting. Failure and pain come too, but they don’t last.
Triumph and disaster, individually and together, take us into temptation; one to allure us in our striding ambition—the other intuiting fear, and so much we avoid even living at times. Both of them attract us away from what is noble and right.
The longer term view is reminding us—calling us to it—to not fret; this is a live project and we are “go.” That is, we’re never standing still but we’re moving never more certainly forward, centred in the breadth of time.
We need an eclipse to take place over the fear we normally succumb to.
To answer the call, in walks Eternity: the perspective.
Eternity—as present foci—never has us throwing ourselves off the bridge to the wind of our demise. She chastens us with perspective to remain.
She also ensures we don’t get carried away with our ‘successes.’
She is balance as justice is balance. The winds of eternity gust only in our favour as the balance of things—over the perspective of time—gently evens out in context with the truth as we simply try. All Eternity wants to know is, “Are you trying?”
Eternity is a maze of ever-golden wonder beyond the harsh scape of this planet and its cares and the momentary folly of carnal attribution.
Perpetuity is calling us beyond the strains of the current time. It calls us concurrently to both seriousness and fun; to the aspects of balance in responsibility (seriousness) and simultaneously not to take ourselves too seriously.
It is our appropriate measure for every occasion, barring absolutely none. Besides, it’s all we can truly do in our hope to truly know, and appropriately love, God.
For God is Eternity.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.