The world is indeed dynamic. Nothing stands still. Creation and destruction are two sides of the same coin. We are happy and sad, sometimes happiness is tinged with sadness, and such is the variety in life. Nobody can buy happiness; in fact, the rich are more insecure that they will become poor and lose their appendages and embellishments. For the poorest of the poor, they are in good company, it cannot get any worse; every thing is a bonus, including a square meal a day and a roof over their heads!
In any moment everything in life happens, birth, death, creation, destruction, great creative ideas blossom, evil thoughts sprout, ecstatic moments, incidents that make us want to disappear into a hole. But we do recover and it is soon par for the course for most. How we face the realities of life and accept the highs and lows with equanimity decide our ability to maintain the cheer. Life has to be embraced in all its varieties; lessons learnt, not to repeat the mistakes but learn from them. If everything happens like clock work, then it will lead to apathy, sloth and drudgery.
Whoever fashioned the whole knew what He was doing! All are kept busy with stomachs to feed; once own and also those of others. Even the tiny ants know no rest and are up and kicking whenever we notice them, or when they take a bite on us! Even the mighty elephants are on the move, as also sharks, whales, every one of them. Nothing can take their lives for granted. We feel we are blessed with a conscience, but it looks like others also have them. The elephants mourn their dead and even revisit the place of their passing, as if appeasing the souls of their dead.
Inside our own body, changes happen all the time, including our thought processes. Again, what we worry about might never happen, but we get hit between the eyes and get blinded, temporarily though. That will also pass! In my life, a big issue gets sidetracked by a bigger one! And soon all is behind me! As they say, what does not kill us makes us stronger. I remember a Jewish gentleman who faced a certain death during World War II. His words are always remembered in good times and bad: “everything else in this world is now heaven for me after undergoing the prelude to and escaping a certain death”. It was a re-birth for him from that day!
We see how the death of one animal feeds and sustains another. The lion dies, grass grows thereafter, then the deer, and zebras gorge on them. All recycled and nothing is wasted! Great calamity is followed by regeneration. Volcanic ash is fertile that helps growth of plants and trees. We grapple with physical and mental aspects of life; even we change over time, our attitudes also keep pace with the surroundings and the change of realities. What we are also changes over time, our thinking & priorities according to age, family responsibilities.
Though we do feel immortal at times, we are also aware that our destiny can change overnight with acts beyond our control. What good we can do, it should be done soonest, as even the richest find that their power to decide over their wealth can also be taken away, before they know it! Warren Buffet’s tongue in cheek “saving sex for old age” is a no brainer!!
We are made aware of the fickleness of life and health by what is happening around us all the time, the great opera of life! We should reflect on their profound meaning and respond to do our bit in our own way. Even countries have their hay days. The genie is let out of the bottle and China is now a marauding force, setting a blinding pace. The rest, including the mighty America, is left to react to the fire spitting dragon. When money talks, nothing else can compete for attention! It is up to each to add meaning to our lives, according to our circumstances and at end of the day, leave with a conscience of a life well lived. Even the end can be in a split-second, but we still will have time to reflect! It is said; our whole life and even more come back in a flash at the time of passing!!