a reply to: midnightstar
Time and personal significance was once impressed upon me by a monk (was much into ZEN back then)....he asked me (on a Florida beach)...to please bend
down and pick up a handful of sand.
Now the whole world of oceans and continents, seas, beaches, lakeshores and dunes plus deserts...has SOOOOO much sand, one can barely fathom how much
that would look like if it could be piled up (it couldnt).....
I picked up a handful..small and insignificant in the unfathomable amount of sand in the entire world, rt? He asked me to look at my hand and pick out
the single grain that was lightly brownish-gold. I looked and realized my hand held perhaps 100's and 100's of thousands of grain all pretty much
He laughed and waved his hand at the long mile or so beachfront of sand..."This is the world (this one-Earth) and the people(s) in it, each grain
representing one person who is living today...not counting those long passed, nor the ones yet to be born. So, which one is you? Which one is that
I understood that it would be impossible to pick a single grain representing one life, one soul, one person alive, dead, and not yet born...out of all
the sand grains, in all the places in the world....not even counting at the bottom of the seas.The point made is that each one is unique, different
slightly...but each in their own ways.
Such is life and lifetimes and if we really make a difference to change anything about those grains (not digging, building etc....)...we all are our
own lightly brown-gold grain of sand...in an astronomically large universe of universes...let alone this planet.
So we all exist in grains separately...some old, some new, some used up, some made into other things. And we and the stars exist, die and replicate
forever. But, are we different from each other everywhere? Not really too much....And our grains while on earth...will last forever. And all the other
Go to a beach, pick up a handful yourself...look at it...and find the one tiny grain that is YOU. You cant. All are the same...and will remain with
subtle differences for, from...and to...all time...everywhere. And there are a LOT of places, planets, stars and universes out there!
Humbling thought there.....thanks........