This <- That Moment

It has been theorized that time is not as we perceive it, linear and fluid. Some say every moment that ever was and ever will be continuously exists, that time’s movement is an illusion. Einstein theorized that time’s passing is relative to the observer’s speed. For more on this, research “gravitational time dilation”. As beings of a world run by laws, ideas like this one may be troubling. What is time if not a constant? I like to think the answer is simpler and simultaneously more complex than either of the presented possibilities. Time is, like any other human experience, completely relative to the observer’s experience. It is not a constant stream, nor is it standing still. Time only exists as we move from experience to experience. From a Universal perspective, of course every moment exists simultaneously. We cannot define time by laws of time. Therefore, outside of time, every moment exists at once. As beings ruled by time, all we have is this moment. I cannot control my past. Nor can I control my future. I can only control what I do this moment. At the same time, because I know my present moment will affect my future moments, I can choose, in this moment, to do what I can to make those future moments enjoyable. We must not worry about what is. But rather work to create what could be. If we dwell on the undesirable, we tend to see the world as an undesirable place. If we focus on the possibilities of our future, we tend to see the world for its great potential. We cannot change what is. What is is already gone. We can only change how we perceive what is and change what will be. If all we have is this moment, there is no need to dwell on what was. We must choose how we want to experience this moment and how we want to affect the next.

“Derek says it’s always good to end a paper with a quote. He says someone else has already said it best. So if you can’t top it, steal from them and go out strong.” – American History X “The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” – Alice Morse Earle

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