Friday, December 10, 2010

The Travelers of Eternity

The months and days are the travelers of eternity.
The years that come and go are also voyagers . . .
I too for years past have been stirred by
the sight of a solitary cloud drifting with the
wind to ceaseless thoughts of roaming.

~Matsuo Basho
(1644 - 1694)

Of Note: Many people dream of time travel. Fact is, international travelers do it every day. West takes us back in time, east the opposite. One day we wake up in India on a Saturday and it is only Friday in the United States, 12 hours earlier, give or take a few. Returning stateside, we might get to do part of Saturday all over again. Daylight savings time annually gives and takes time in a whim. Even more mind compressing, the seasons in the southern hemisphere are opposite that in the northern hemisphere. As we in northern Wisconsin anticipate months of snow, New Zealand welcomes spring and summer with full blooming gardens. That thought gives new meaning to Thomas Carlyle's observation: "In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer" for indeed all four seasons exist on the planet at once as does all Time: past, present and future. Scientists believe that we can never escape Time because we cannot travel faster than the speed of light. That is true on the physical plane where light as substance cannot exceed the speed ordained by cosmic law. But the mental plane holds no such limits. Thoughts know no Time barrier and travel instantaneously to the far reaches of the universe. Someday we will know that physical spaceships will not take us to the edge of the solar system as the distance is too far and will instead explore space with our minds. Actually, this is no distant Reality. We are already everywhere in our minds if we only knew it. Meditation takes us there.

Today's Weather Report: 20 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny, REALLY sunny with not a cloud in the sky. I've been told not to get comfortable because this will be departing tomorrow when a blast of Arctic air arrives from parts even farther north. Below zero temps are forecast for the weekend. On another note, before it was given away, this truck and attached snowplow would sometimes take care of the driveway. I say sometimes because it rarely fired up on cold days. My husband liked this truck and didn't want to part with it, which I could understand because of its venerability. However, after weighing the options, I went out and bought another newer used snowplow truck three years ago. It took some research and asking around and, without fail, the newer snowplow appeared right on schedule. That's the way it is with creation. All we have to do is put it out there in the universe and what we need appears. The word NEED is the clincher. Sometimes we think we need things we don't and then the universe is not so giving. But true need produces results--always. We can take that to the bank.