Someone – anonymous – wrote: “If we celebrate the years behind us, they become stepping-stones of strength and joy for the years ahead”.
All of us have a past. Not only our own. We carry the past of our family, the past of our nation, the past of our civilization, we carry collective memories in our own blood. Time is time. It does not make any difference in our life. We are born in a specific period of history and we can’t change our birth. We will die at another point of time, at another moment of history. Our start and end are certain. The question is what we do between the points of birth and death. What do we do in the meantime?
Whatever our past is, we need to celebrate it and remember the creative moments and learn from the difficulties and challenges, from the moments of sadness. As I am reaching my fifties, I have noticed my friends, friends out of the same generation. They talk a lot about how good life was 20 or 30yrs ago. I laugh! I remember when we were 20, our parents were saying how good life was 20-30yrs when they were younger. We used to criticize them, making fun with …their old age attitude! When we were 20…life was not good! We had to save the world! Now, also life is not good…the past days were better but we forget that also that time we thought that life was not good.
We live our small life span thinking that we are the axis of the earth. We are self-absorbed, self-centred and we think that this moment of history is most important. I have to tell you that this is not true! Open your eyes and ears! Look the whole picture, the big picture of our civilization and remember:
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
Let’s not get absorbed from our small span of life and our small world or part in history! Let’s celebrate the years behind us, remember what we learnt. Let’s recognize the progress and good things which take place at this present time – in parallel of plenty of bad thing – and let’s allow all to become stepping-stones for a better future. Amen!
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