“Move on to the next moment, uninfluenced by the previous one… eternal life is now, in the timeless now.” – Anthony De Mello
It’s that time of year again, when you start thinking about time passing. It’s not just the end of a year, it’s the end of a decade. Whoa. Another decade passed by? So it goes. Ten spins through space around the sun; our cosmic dance together. The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older… Ain’t that the truth. But so what? What’s timeless anyway? Granite? The ocean? Khakis? We’re all just spinning around on the same planet as it moves around the sun, and doing the best we can in our moment.
“All you really need to do is accept this moment fully. You are then at ease in the here and now and at ease with yourself.” – Eckhart Tolle
The more trips you take around the sun the more at ease you become with yourself. At least for many of us. There are plenty of people who grow more insecure with age, as if their entire identity is wrapped up in youthful beauty or athletic talent or the hustle of burning the candle at both ends. There’s a Twitter debate going on right now about how successful people work 80+ hours per week. That’s not my definition of success, that’s my definition of serfdom. I’ve worked in toxic cultures before, and anyone telling you to sacrifice your life for work is toxic. Time is the ultimate currency, why give yours to a con artist with big promises? Better to dance to your own beat, I think. Eventually we all have to leave the dance floor, so why not enjoy it while we’re on it?
So our odds of seeing 2020 improve by the hour, but if you aren’t learning and growing all you get is a better pair of New Year’s Eve glasses than 2019 offered. I’ve grown a lot this year, and I’m optimistic about the future too. Hopefully we all arrive back at this point on our next trip around the sun better for the journey. Whatever that time brings, I plan on appreciating each moment.