Sequoias, Mayflies and Time

a small but brilliant cactus blossom

Good Day, God!

It’s fun to look at photos of blossoms that only bloom for a day. Catching those blooms — freezing them in Time — lets me really look at them. Now I’m marveling at all the diverse time spans underway on our Planet, God.

Sequoias live for thousands of years and mayflies for just 24-72 hours. (Although mayflies do live for around two years as nymphs down at the bottom of a lake.) I’m not sure about mayflies but Sequoias have been around for 200 million years. Sequoias, now that’s a species built to last!

a sequoia in Sequoia National Park

And, then there’s us, God. If there was a lifespan continuum from Sequoia to Mayfly we humans would be closer to the Sequoias. But, I just don’t think our species is good for 200 million years. This makes me dizzy, God. I don’t do numbers well. Or, maybe it’s Time that I don’t do well.

I have a friend who does do Time well. She’s a planner. And when it comes to doing “hard things” she thinks “If I do this today, my tomorrow will be better.” I don’t need to tell You, God, that this is a brand new thought for me. I love that thought! I want to think that way.

Yesterday I resolved to cancel this morning’s standing walk with a friend AND an evening committee obligation. The first one was a fun thing. The second was a “duty” thing. In both cases canceling was a difficult thing for me to do. Forgoing fun is hard and it is harder yet to “shirk my duty.” But, I hadn’t slept well for a couple of night. And I knew that I couldn’t do all that I had planned to do — without a significant cost to myself.

Hmm. So planning must include planning what not to do . . . not just what to do. That’s another new thought! Thank You, God, for New Thoughts!

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