My friend was busy brooding over the past and worrying about the future. It would be so much more comfortable if we just could move on from one stage of life to the next without any soul-searching. But that is easier said than done. Listening to my friend, my thoughts went back to the previous month when our daughter and grandson had come for a visit. Life had been full of movement, we rested when he rested. Every moment had been a different experience.
In early childhood children live in the ‘now’. The immediate past and the immediate future is all that matters. We watched our grandson sometimes falling, sometimes hurting himself and crying. A little bit of cuddling and lots of love from us would make him forget the hurt. Of course he remembered he had hurt himself but I don’t think it really stopped him from his explorations of life. 🙂 🙂 Small things and seemingly insignificant experiences brought so much joy.
I wonder when we pass this stage and start analyzing and thinking too much about the past and about the future ? Life goes on and we have to move on. I don’t think we would really appreciate if people did not change with their age. But it would be so nice if could retain that philosophy of life.
I remember these lines from ‘Salutations to the Dawn’ attributed to Kalidasa
“Look to this day !
For it is Life
the very Life of Life,
In its brief course
Lie all the varieties and realities of your existence.
The bliss of Growth
The bliss of action
The splendours of achievement.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived,
makes yesterday a dream of Happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of Hope.
Look well, therefore to this Day.
Such is the salutation to the Dawn.”