Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Change and Decay

Over the next few posts I will expand on the "Northern Reflections... One Last Time" of July 4. As someone pointed out in the comments section that was a cryptic post - deliberately cryptic! The first thing I mentioned is that nothing lasts forever. This is something we all know as creatures of earth but largely ignore as we go about our daily lives. It is not something that we dwell on otherwise we would get little done conscious that we are merely building castles of sand. We strive for immortality by making our mark, living so as to be missed, making a difference... or so the story goes. Truth is, that nothing lasts forever. Times change, people change, life changes. What we have today may be gone tomorrow, and if not tomorrow, sooner or later the day will dawn when what we know today is no more.

I was reminded of that this past week as I contemplated the changes on the channel where my parents cottage has been located for many years. People I once knew have come and gone. Places that were well maintained have fallen into disrepair. The wind, the rain, the sun and the forest would eventually reclaim everything if we humans did not fight to keep them at bay. But strive though we may we are fighting a losing battle for the elements continue their assault long after we have breathed our last. It has been that way for who knows how long, and it will be that way until the end of time.

Given this state of affairs, we can either roll up and die or make the most of the time we have. The choice is ours. How to go about it is another matter for another day...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Life is a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get."

Sid said...

Eat, drink and be merry because we don't have long on this earth. We're not here for a long time just a good time.

Janice said...

Well that sounds epicurean Sid as though we're not accountable to God.