[Ponderings] The Distant Horizon
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 kind … 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.
And, as I look farther, way beyond the pond, as far away as my eyes can see ... there is that Distant Horizon.
Have you ever gone trekking, or set out sailing, and set your eyes on the distant horizon … and you come to see that point where the last lines of land, or water, meets the sky, very far away from it all. That same point is not always there, it is dynamic … it is alive. It moves equidistant and congruent to your every movement, whether you move closer or farther away from that distant horizon.
Looking deep within one’s self brings about a discovery and determination of where one is in, in the context of one’s milieu, of one’s reality. You play around with this context in the continuum of your life, you see yourself in the past, at ten years old, looking at the future, your future ten years from then, twenty, thirty … you did some visioning then of how you saw yourself many years ahead. And the permutations were quite many, as much as your imagination can take you.
You set a sight on a goal as to what, and who, you will be ten years from now … that is your distant horizon. You tell yourself, and people close to you, your friends, I want to be this somebody when I get to be twenty. Then, you get to be twenty and become the one whom you had wanted to be when you were ten … and your friends say “that’s great! Do you feel good and satisfied that you are now exactly who, and what, you have wanted to be ten years ago. You say, “yes, this is just who I wanted to be ten years ago, that was then … but the time is here and now, and I should be somebody else better in the future. I see myself as this kind of person ten years from now”.
Each step we make towards the distant horizon, that very same horizon moves a step farther away from us … constantly moving with every step you make. This is transcendence … of changing your limits and breaking those limitations. You change every time you transcend, this becomes your commitment and challenge to excellence. You change for the better, you gun for excellence. You are in competition, not with anyone, but, with yourself. Just like an idea, once stretched, it will never go back to its former size. You become a better version of yourself … that is the challenge of life, of our humanity.
Today, you will definitely want to be better than you were yesterday … and it will go on and on. That is the narrative and mark of your transcendence. The process provides you with an enhanced worth and value of your authentic humanity. Here, and now. Actualized.
There is a song about the lost horizon that is waiting to be found … it is many miles from yesterday, but, it is before you reach your tomorrow, and where the time is always just today.
Here, and now!
We will all be setting a goal to be someone, someday, from where we are today, in the distant horizon, and, with our quest of finding our lost horizon … we become better human beings today. Here and now. Actualized.
Pondering … as I sit here at the edge of life’s pond.
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