Blip in Time
“Heartbreaks, disappointments, and even our own weaknesses can serve as stepping stones to the second half of life transformation. Failings are the foundation for growth. Those who have fallen, failed, or 'gone down' are the only ones who understand 'up.'”
In Spirituality Group on Wednesday night, we had a big “debate” about the nature of God. Is God only love, does God encompass darkness as well as light, and so forth and so on. Somewhere in the midst of all that discussion, Christine, who is usually very quiet, asked this simple question: “Aren't we just a blip in time?” Later in the week, based upon something all together different, my friend, Susan, sent me an excerpt from Carl Sagan's book, Pale Blue Dot. The pale blue dot he referenced was a photo of Earth taken by Voyager 1 from 4 billion miles away. In the photo, there is a streak of rainbow color that is a sunbeam, and in the middle of it, almost invisible, is our pale blue planet. Part of the quote that follows the photo is this: “Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.” (Sagan) I have been letting both those messages settle into my bones this week.
One human lifetime is but a blip in time, and almost as infinitesimal as that vague blue dot in the cosmos. Yet, we hang so much importance on it; we take such extreme measures to be smart, be right, be impressive, never fail, never make mistakes, and most of all—to be The Best. Priest, Richard Rohr, says: “It's a gift to joyfully recognize and accept our own smallness and ordinariness. Then you are free with nothing to live up to, nothing to prove, and nothing to protect.” We can relax. We don't have to prove our brilliance or our indispensability to ourselves or anyone else. We can appreciate opportunities to grow through our mistakes. After all, we are just a blip in time!
In the Spirit,