From The Storyteller
Dec. 3, 2018, Rocks
The rule is one rock per trip, or two if she finds really good ones. Elaine is standing on the roadside near the Canadian River deciding which rock comes home with us. I’m silently standing in awe as I view the river’s canyon. It’s several hundred feet deep and roughly a mile wide. Remembering our Grand Canyon trip (no rock hunting there, that’s illegal) I consider the fact that it took hundreds of thousands of years for rivers to carve those canyons out of solid rock.
I realize thinking about time actually requires many different points of view. Astrophysicists talk about the universe being roughly 14.5 billion years old, and I’m just hoping to get another year out of my home A/C. Our country isn’t 300 years old yet, and the pyramids have been around for several thousand years. There are rules about how old a car must be to claim the title of classic, and computer time is measured in nanoseconds. Differing points of view about time really do help to frame how we think about our world.
Standing there an old truth about time comes to mind. Fact: The only time any of us will ever have is “right now”, because yesterday is in the books, and tomorrow is yet to be lived. I find myself smiling however, when I realize my few years on this planet makes me a part of a 14.5 billion year old, ongoing, creation story. While being a part of this story is a cool thought, it’s not a point of view I find interesting, so I willingly leave it to the astrophysicists.
For me, I’m good with points of view that calls me to give each “right now” moment my best shot, and hoping our A/C makes another year.
Moral: How we think about time helps shape our lives.