A Pilgrim’s Journey
By Rev. Ed Hardy
New Year Resolutions?!
Did I make New Year resolutions last year? If I did I can’t remember them. Their probably strewn along the highway of life-the litter of excess false ambition-that “old chestnut” of wanting ourselves to be better.
What do we need? It’s just another day, just another year. What do we want?
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.”
Not too long ago someone asked me when I meditated. I said, “This is my meditation.” I guess when you push past sixty every day is the best day of the year and what you like to do should be nearer to every moment. This is what I like to do-to be alive, aware, to this, to this and to this. I resolve to be open and alive to this moment. Well, that’s going to lead to a substantial amount of failure, won’t it? How many seconds are there in a year? How many seconds to be aware? The handy old calculator says, 31,536,000. Well, that’s also a lot of opportunity!
When I catch one of those seconds – the aware ones – I’m a much better person -kinder, more generous, humble (how often does that happen?), grateful, compassionate and wiser, (really? Yes, really!). So why aren’t you catching more of those seconds? You know, while your measuring everything you probably missed sixty seconds or maybe more. One of the most dangerous things I do lately is to look something up on Google. While I trying to read some answer to a question about, say something like Universalism, there flashes in the sidebar, TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT COLON CANCER, or 15 BEAUTIFUL WIFES OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS.
Colon cancer, I should know about that – click, click. . . how many seconds did I miss? How much awareness? How much of my life? Those “beautiful wives”?, Click, click, click, click , click. . . . . . .
Oops! Where did the last hour go. Even the New York Times has gotten into the act – this morning I was offered a video ride on a glider – 2 minutes and 12 seconds – after a 10 second commercial and then there was the video on “fracking oil”. . . I should know about “fracking oil”, shouldn’t I? I end up like the Magliozzi Brothers – “squandering another perfectly good hour.”
Maybe I should, as a New Year resolution, give up Google. Naw. . .that would be a mistake. O yah, mistake, I was going to write this column about New Year’s Resolutions and mistakes. I’m almost out of space, so here’s a quote on mistakes.
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”
Neil Gaiman? Who’s Neil Gaiman? Maybe I’ll look him up on Google.