Thursday, January 28, 2021

January 28--Dead or Alive?

Things which do not grow and change are dead things. --Louise Erdrich

    "Everything has a lifespan." Those are the wise words of spiritual mentor, Rev. Dr. Chris Michaels. Most importantly, each of us humans has a lifespan. With no idea how long that lifespan may be, why waste it? Growing and changing keep life interesting. Our magnificent planet offers us infinite variety sufficient to keep us exploring and learning and growing for many lifetimes. 
    A dear relative declining over recent years with numerous health problems said recently, "I'm just sitting in my chair waiting to die." In some respects, his spirit already has, as he's lost the impetus to "grow and change." It is sad and painful to witness, but I get it. He is weary.
    Change, like death and taxes, is one of the few things we can be sure of. All life, including planet Earth itself, is continually evolving. Resistance to change simply makes one uncomfortable. There's no stopping it. That's a good thing. Look at all the fun we've had as a result of all the growth and change of our lifetime--easy travel, instant worldwide communication, how-to and DIY information available for virtually every task, wireless phones with cameras built-in, shopping without leaving the house--that's just the start of a very long list. 
    Curious humans do amazing things!

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