The Stars Think We Are Fleeting Ones, Not Them
A long time ago, I got tired of blowing on dandelions, on wishing when I blew out the candles and looking for four-leaf clovers. Now I look for the magic on my own fingertips, and for the luck within my own heart…Because at the end of the day, we are the fleeting ones, not the stars. Therefore, the best moment to be happy is always here and now.
It’s possible that many of us may identify with this. However, when was the last time that you dared to leave the clock and your phone behind and fully lived in the here and now? Many of us often forget that the term “present” also means “gift”. And good gifts are meant to be enjoyed and, above all, appreciated.
If life knocks you down ten times, get back up eleven times. Because the brightest stars shine during the darkest of nights. Because we are the fleeting ones, not the stars.
We should try to learn a little more from children every day. In each one of their games you can find magic and the most innate passion. They swing from one stimulus to the next, appreciating the present. A moment in which an infinite number of interesting things could happen. Until the voice of an adult appears, putting pressure on them, introducing them to that disease called “hurry” and that enemy called “time“.
We have become accustomed to measuring time according to quantity rather than quality. Children can only be children and play from 6 to 7. And adults postpone happiness until Friday or until summer vacation. It is not right.
The society that no longer looks at the stars
Fleeting things have always seemed beautiful to human eyes. A winter flower, a drop of dew at dawn, a rainbow after a storm… But, we also forget that we are also fleeting and marvelously beautiful. And that time is not a guaranteed possession. Time is a gift, and it’s up to us to take advantage of it.
However, we’re not doing it very well. We no longer resemble those societies that looked upon the stars and learned their cycles. We live in a multitasking society, where we have run out of room for reflection or imagination. Time, far from being a gift, is now seeping through our fingers. It is like stardust lost in space.
We urge our children to put down their toys, to quickly finish their chores and to go to class. Then they head off to music class and then to ballet. We, meanwhile, prepare tomorrow’s schedule and tend to the news. That news, which show the headlines in the lower part of the screen, so that we never lose that sense of immediacy. Because there’s always something happening that we need to know.
We are a society that only looks to the stars to make a wish: to cry out for lost happiness. Because multitasking and demanding too much of yourself doesn’t always bring about effectiveness. The brain doesn’t work that way. Overloading makes it inefficient and hopelessly unhappy.
We are marvelously fleeting, so learn how to shine
We are fleeting creatures, it’s true. Our share of life is limited. Therefore, during this marvelous trip, we must learn to do one thing: shine. Because stopping the clock and living with intensity is, in fact, possible. You don’t even have to look for great adventures. The important thing is for us to don our best attitudes, even if we do it during a part of the day that is quite routine. It’s all about knowing how to enjoy yourself.
“Time doesn’t go backwards. Therefore, plant your garden and adorn your soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
David M. Levy, a scientist and professor for the University of Washington, explains that in order to learn to be more present, you have to connect with silence every once in a while. Our attention is limited, and yet, we fill our minds with multiple stimuli and persistent noise.