[Ponderings]Of Sunsets and Beyond
By Philip Suzara
Pondering … as I sit here at the edge of my mythical life pond.
One can see many things happening at the edge of life’s pond, as in any pond. Decisions are made there, life changing decisions, defining moments … to get in the pond, or not. The pond is encircled by its edges in different forms and kinds … straight, jagged, rough, rocks, pebbles, sand, soil, or mud. Very much like people. No matter the differences we have, we all belong there … around the life pond, inside, outside, at the edge, but there.
In the morning of my life I shall look to the sunrise, at this moment of my life when, again, the whole world presents its new day to me. We think of days gone by, of people who have gone on ahead, and, yes, there is one more day, today. We think and look forward to the wonders the day brings. And there is hope … yes, so much hope. There will be a whole load of hope for me, for my loved ones … for others, for humanity.
I, once more, ask God to bless me, and to grant me my wish to be brave, and strong, and true … for Him, to Him, in others.
I pray that in my humble and little way, my life would be dedicated to filling the world with love my whole life through.
We further seek meaning in our mundane lives, in our realities, and in our existence. We look and long for love, for enlightenment and fulfilment from God. Then, when we find meaning in a life lived for others, we find deep purpose in our otherwise ordinary existence. There is meaning in life … to life.
We should be able to see God in a sunrise, in a landscape, on the look of your friends’ faces, in your child’s eyes … it will somehow be difficult to find God if you just seek Him in a book. We should pay attention to our lives and be aware and conscious of all those around us, God is with us, within them, with them.
One should live as though this life is our only chance to enjoy, to love, and to exist. God would more than want us to believe in ourselves rather than just in Him. I don’t think He needs us heaping praises and thanks all over Him. He is God … our God. He created and gave us our lives. Believe in the essence of God … in the essence of things. There are many things that may not easily be explained by science with just their empirical and cold data … not to worry, faith accepts all of those. And we become blessed because we have faith. Spirituality is liberating … religion can be confining and divisive in its exclusivity. God loves all of His children … all of us!
Expressing our joy is one of the purest ways we can give praise to God.
Walking along my journey, I shall be looking to the sunset, in the evening of my life.
It is at this moment in my life when my day concludes and when my night is due.
It would seem ominous until one realizes that, yes, of course, what can be more ominous than what is, in fact, inevitable ... like sunrises, and sunsets.
One is gripped with the poetry, the power and eloquence of raw emotions, and by the purity and innocence of a spirit confronted by the unknown realities of an encompassing future in one’s life. Life seems to be so full of mysteries … and yet, not really.
This life is not a test, not a step along the way, this is not a rehearsal, nor a prelude to paradise. This life is the only thing that matters, here and now. Know that you are alive, and that this world is so full of wonders. God gave you this life, this is all you’ve got, and this is all you need.
And when I lay me down to rest, the questions I shall be asking are those that only God can answer.
Was I brave, and strong, and true?
And did I fill the world with love my whole life through?
Pondering … as I sit here at the edge of life’s pond.
Thanking friends Leslie and Baruch for a fruitful combination of their meanderings and discourse.
Creature of God. Child of the Universe. Global Citizen. Lover of Life. Freedom Fighter. Agent of Change. Lone Wolf. Occasional Consultant for Strategic Communications.