Monday, February 21, 2011

My Boundless Moment

Boundless- endless, without time
Moment- an indefinintely short period of time; instant

A lot of things can happen in a moment.

In fact, while I was typing my last post, which only took about thirty minutes, I received a phone call.  I looked down at the phone that said, "Dad calling..." Why was my dad calling me? He usually stays super busy during work hours, so this was different.  My stomach did a somersault.  That phone call was one of the worst phone calls of my life.  I found out that my granddad had passed away.  It was in that moment that time seemed to stop.  I was in shock.  I knew he had been sick, but still, there's no way he could have died.  Not my granddad.  The one who took me to school and picked me up every day.  The one who played basketball with me after school.  The one who taught me about Jesus and baptized me in the same river that he was baptized many years ago.  The one who taught me how to drive when I was 12. The one who roofed houses until he was 87 years old.  Not him.  I found it quite ironic that I was talking about change in my post and in that boundless moment my life changed forever.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Boundless Moment -By Robert Frost

He halted in the wind, and — what was that
Far in the maples, pale, but not a ghost?
He stood there bringing March against his thought,
And yet too ready to believe the most.

"Oh, that's the Paradise-in-bloom," I said;
And truly it was fair enough for flowers
had we but in us to assume in march
Such white luxuriance of May for ours.

We stood a moment so in a strange world,
Myself as one his own pretense deceives;
And then I said the truth (and we moved on).
A young beech clinging to its last year's leaves.

I absolutely love the poems of Robert Frost.   For example, in this poem he's taking in the beauty of nature that surrounds him.  As he's doing this, it seems like he's acknowledging the changes of the seasons and comparing them to the changes in everyday life.  At first these changes might seem intimidating, but once we finally accept those changes and move on, we are able to see the beauty that came from them. 
I feel like everyone can relate to Frost.  As humans, we just don't like a lot of change. What do we do on the first day of school in our classes? We pick and seat and stay in the same seat for the rest of the semester.  If someone is in "our spot" we are forced to take a new one. It's silly, but we don't like even to change our seat.  Now if you take that and times it by 100, there are more dramatic changes in our lives.  Like broken families, first loves, and new friendships.  Going through college, your life is FULL of changes.  Right now I know I'm in a state of constant change.  I can feel myself ending one chapter of my life and entering a new, independent chapter.  MY chapter. 

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. - 1 Corinthians 13:11