Time and Gratitude

Just in time for Thanksgiving - a brief reflection from cosmos & culture.


Our suffering and our joy is not just our own. The planet has been rolling around the sun for so very long. Through out much of that history there has been life here, be they fishes of the Silurian, dinosaurs of the Cretaceous or mammals of the Miocene. That life has known good days and bad, times of peace and times of upheaval. Standing there on that hill, for a moment, I could feel my place in that long line of creation and destruction.

"It just this moment," I thought. "Like so many moments before and yet completely different from all that has come before."

To be present for that moment, on that hill as the planet turned towards yet another night: what else could I feel but gratitude?