Living in today
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” -Mother Teresa,
The “Green Comet” was skirting close to earth for the first time in 50,000 years. I tried to spot it. Stood at the front window multiple times. Stayed up late. Got up early. All to no avail but I hoped and tried. A bit less ambient light and a telescope may have helped my cause, yet even that may not have made a difference.
I made some extra effort as this astrological event will not occur again in my lifetime or possibly even humanity’s lifetime. So, I wanted to try and see the comet in the timeframe of its presence.
We spend significant amounts of time planning forward. What comes next? Where do we have to be? Who do we have to contact? We spend almost as much time looking back. Remember when? If we do this like we used to? The only time and place we can live is the present moment or even day. Like the passing of a comet, we get one opportunity to experience the freshness and gift of each day.
I made an extra effort to see the deep space comet. I’m quite sure, I don’t make the effort each day to appreciate the preciousness therein. With great certainty I can say, I will never see the Green Comet pass by. With almost great certainty I can say, I will live to see another day and God willing another and another and another… “We have only today,” says Mother Teresa, “so let’s begin.”
Yes, let’s make the effort to begin and relish whatever the day may bring. We can be certain the day will not always be filled with wonder, excitement and all things wonderful. We can know the day may be sorrow-filled, painful and cloudy. Still, we can know each day is special and unique and never to be lived again. Each day matters for God is with us in every part of every second of every day. Each day allows us to begin anew in the holy, sacred timeframe of 24 hours.