Two weeks have shot by and already it is the end of February in this year of 2016. Time - the hours, minutes and seconds that tick by in our daily lives, leave us breathless and often bewildered. Breathless, since there doesn't seem enough time in the cycle of keeping up. Bewildered, as to where did time go in the passage of years that flew by. I have written in the past about the seasons of life and many of us find ourselves in the winter season, wondering... what happened! It was just yesterday, that a younger face stared back at me from the mirror. It was just yesterday, a young Marine and a Canadian girl became man and wife. It was just yesterday, two beautiful daughters were toddlers exploring the new world around them. It was just yesterday, so many happenings defining our world in this rhythm of time that ebbs and flows around us. Changes are constant - some can be subtle and not immediately obvious and some can scream for immediate attention in this engagement called a lifetime.
This is a hillside view of the mountains we are privileged to see where we live. If you look closely, the scenery really isn't black and white but edited in an infrared filter. The infrared made the ordinary into extraordinary using the accents of black and white - of dark and light. The field you see below the mountains are being prepared for spring and the hills themselves are showing zebra stripes of bare ground and snow. These same hills and fields will soon be changed into shades of green and brown heralding spring. These are familiar changes to us and to be expected in the season of time. And so it goes with our lives.
A quote from N. Maria Kwami..."But time soon passes. Even the deepest pain eventually loses its edge in the more vivid reality of the present; then, what once was unbearable becomes strangely familiar. And after much familiarity, it assumes the insignificance of just another milestone, ever marking the journey to higher ground."
A popular Bible quote on time out of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing..."
In closing, click on this link and listen to "Clocks". It is one of my favorite tunes - less on words and more of an instrumental in this particular arrangement. Clocks was originally composed in music and lyrics by a group called Coldplay. This rendition was performed by "The Red Hot Chili Peppers", a band from Scotland and those bagpipes do a great job with Clocks...
Until we meet again at The Turn-Up Patch on Monday, March 14....