Take a moment
Take a moment, lie in the grass
You know that life’s slipping away
We have the now to love and laugh
Who knows if there’s another day?
Another month, or year, or hour
Every one will meet their end
Savor the sweet smelling flowers
Greet the Reaper like a friend.
Life is not hidden in worry
Or measured in dragging weeks
Instead close your eyes and feel
Reach the soul of what you seek
So why fixate upon our death
When the path is glorious lit?
We reach our zenith, then we set
Coal to diamond, bit by bit.
It’s not a curse, mortality,
Let your heady life hold sway,
Then on the waves of eternity
Like sandcastles we’ll fade away
In no way am I the first person to think about our wasted hurried lives (except maybe in an alternate dimension, on Catopia). And I definitely won’t be the last. Our textbooks and Newsfeeds are littered with quotes and pictures reminding us of how fast the days are passing us by.
How often do we actually let the realization kick in, though? We wake up, hit the snooze button and fall out of bed. Run to our schools/jobs/gyms and slot into the daily routine, till we fall into bed and repeat again. How often do we register the fact that it’s a new day? A day gone by,a day less lived?
We don’t all need to morph into super intellectual philosophers, or sit down on street corners with guitars and daisy chains (though maybe I would, if I could play anything except twinkle, twinkle). Nor should we chuck everything out of the window and run to Ibiza on the Pineapple express. All we really need to do is take a moment. Realize our own evanescence. You’re not going to live forever. You have a finite number of days to go through. How do you want to use them now?
All I’m asking is, take a beat and think. We live in a concrete jungle, but look out for that flower in the sidewalk. Go out barefoot in the dew. Paddle in a pond and feed the ducks. Before you know it, you’ll be looking back on these little things, because these really are the big things.
I happened to do just that today. Plonked my books on a bench, sat down in the grass and watched the sunset. Totally worth the grass stains on my heels. Best ten minutes of the entire day, now that I think back.
So whatever your version of that is, take a moment. Go on out and take a moment for yourself, just yourself in tune with the world around you. Go on and sit in the grass.
Love and light,