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5/19/09

Time Travel in This Day and Age: Readiness in Getting from A to B

There is a strange distance between two special moments. One moment (A) is the one in which we are ready for the second moment (B).

Before this, there may be evaluations, considerations, concerns, worry, any numerous sorts of things. There also may be ignorance. That is, we don't something is coming, but, immediately, we deal with it and accept it.

Once ready, the distance begins. I say distance and not time intentionally. In a pure sense of chronology, there is only the clock, and, hence, time. However, there is a location-to-location sense I'm reflecting on here. There is a kind of travelling involved. We go from A to B.

This time travel does not involve skipping time, or going back in time. Not at all. It is being present, content, in the moments as they follow one another until getting to the next stop.

Stops, like as with a train, can include marriage, high school graduation, a new job, children, death (yours or a loved one), or moving from one home to another.

If there is nervousness, stress, then readiness is not at play. The person will arrive at B before they are ready. This happens to all of us.

Readiness is a kind of contentment. It does not imply that B is the preferred location, or that there has been passive acquiescence. A good amount of fighting may still be at hand. Readiness is something deeper.

A runner who dreams of Olympic glory, but fails to hit gain a medal despite a fierce chase of the runner in front of him has to reconcile what the result is. He may train hard for the next four years hoping to avoid the same result, yet may land in fourth place again. Medals and glory do not go to fourth place, just to the gold, silver and bronze spots.

That runner knows his ability and that of his competitors going into the race. He is aware that his best so far is not enough to get a medal, but still he tries. Anything can happen in the race, and he did not come to the Olympics to jog. He came to do his best, with the the hopes his best is better than before. Upset victories happen. With this honest audit of the situation, he needs to be ready for victory and for failure, or lose something about himself if he's not.

Readiness is in the family of contentment. No whining. No grousing.

At that ready point, it is a strange emotion looking at what is ahead.

Philippians 4:11-12 (New International Version)
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
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