November 28, 2014 — Those of us fortunate enough to have celebrated ‘T-Day’ most likely woke up this morning with our bellies partially full from Thursday’s festivities and are now thankful for the pending turkey sandwiches with all the trimmings and other left-overs. But for me, I’m also thankful every day of the year for the opportunity to have spent the majority of my adult working life in the Land of Time.
So Here’s The Scoop: When I consider the size of the known universe and that just one light year equals almost 6 Trillion miles; that the diameter of the observable universe spans scores of Billions of light years in distance; and that there are Billions of Galaxies and Billions of Stars within those galaxies plus all the black holes and all the new planets being discovered each year ‘out there’, etc. I’m amazed beyond comprehension.
And when I consider all the known forms of life that ever existed here on planet earth – including estimates of over 100 Billion of ‘us’ – I then, and only then get a wee sense of what I can only describe as the diminutive mathematical probability that somehow – someway – since the dawn of time – I was eventually conceived, born healthy, lived a full life and traveled this beautiful “Pale Blue Dot” (*See short video below by the late Dr. Carl Sagan).
And through it all — from experiencing the reality of war upfront close and personal as a combat infantry medic in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War to my delight years later when I personally delivered several babies while serving in Micronesia as a medical advisor for the U.S. Peace Corp — it’s been an amazing journey, one which I would like to continue for many more moons to come.
It is also true that like most people I have experienced other challenging times, such as being betrayed; enduring unjust and unequal treatment; the loss of loved ones; the loss of an opportunity, etc. But fortunately every day around dawn we can all face towards the east as earth rotates at about 1,000 MPH and when we have our first glimpse of our nearest star, our sun, on earth’s horizon it is then, if we choose, that our lives can begin anew each day.
I am also extremely thankful that I ultimately met my life partner who is also my best friend. We’ve now been married for nearly 30 years living and enjoying what is admittedly a somewhat odd lifestyle when compared to the ‘mainstream’ folks – but it’s a lifestyle we prefer.
And then there is the timeshare business. From the day I started decades ago to now, though I continue to have some issues with ‘the biz’, it has been an awesome industry that I still love and that created travel adventures and global employment opportunities (for those of us so inclined) that likely would have been much more challenging to have experienced had it not been for the timeshare industry.
People of my generation will surely remember the rock group “The Doors” and their “Roadhouse Blues” jingle when Jim Morrison reminded us all that “the future’s uncertain and the end is always near – let it roll baby roll…”
Thanks Jim! Throughout life many of us did as you suggested as well as following another person’s similar philosophy — credited to a writer by the name of Ernestine Ulmer (1892 – 1987): “Life Is Uncertain – Eat Dessert First.”
Lastly, I’ll toss in my own maxim on why I am so thankful about too many things to mention here; and by the way, this pretty much applies to everyone whether they are agnostic, an atheist or a devout believer in heaven(s), hell(s) or whatever – and that is this:
‘Since the very beginning of all life it took an awful lot of time to pass before our opportunity finally arrived to be alive, to live and enjoy life on earth. SO while doing just that always remember that we are all living here but a very short time and in what turns out to be a blink of an eye every one of us will be gone for a very long time hereafter.’
So have some decadent chocolate pastries along the way and while you’re at it take some extraordinary vacations to the places you already love or always wanted to visit and enjoy the ride of your life!
*Thanks, Dr. Sagan, for an epoch that “in the vastness of space and the immensity of time” opened the minds of millions of us folks literally timesharing this extraordinary, astonishing and marvelous “Pale Blue Dot”.
Good Luck Out There
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