TWINKLE, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are !
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Have you ever looked up at the night sky, seen it full of glittering stars and marvelled at them? Wondered just how long it must have taken one of those shimmering lights to travel here so it can be seen by us? I was made to marvel at that concept tonight while watching a show called Mysterious Ways. It's about this anthropology professor who goes around trying to prove if an event was a miracle or not. Anyway, towards the end of tonight's episode he was talking to someone about stars and the light they give out and he mentioned how 500 light years means that it took the light 500 years to travel through space to be able to seen by us. I thought, "Wow, that's a long journey!" And some of us glance up at it for a second and then keep going. Some of us don't even bother to look up (because we forget to, or we simply don't care). I've always loved night skies filled with lots and lots of stars. It's one of the things I miss here in Toronto. In India, we'd go up to the terrace on a humid night and even sleep there - right under the blanket of stars. You could see so many there that you couldn't even count them. Here, I'm lucky sometimes to spot 20.
Anyway, the thing is I started thinking about nature and her ways. Everything in nature, takes it's own time to grow and flourish. It follows its cycle of birth and death, with no complaints. It does exactly what it's supposed to do and that's all there is to it. Look at how long it takes for a tree to grow and become well, huge! There's no guarantee that what begins will end in accomplishment. Stars die out before they reach our eyes, trees don't reach their full heights due to various factors. A seasonal change illustrates this beautifully. Every Spring things begin to grow and in time for Winter they also begin to die out. Only to begin the whole process again. I feel like I'm rambling, so I'll try to get to my point.
I'm just wondering what happened to our patience. Where the feeling of experiencing the journey went. In this day of instant gratification (a phrase my dad uses a lot) we don't even have patience for each other. Everything needs to happen now; this very second. Else, we've lost interest. Where has our value for a certain process disappeared? I'm not be-littling technological advancements. Those have been much needed and have made life easier as well. But we need to find a balance between breezing through technology to get work done and well, breezing through people and respective relationships and experiences. What happened to worth? Anyway, these are just some thoughts in my head. And it all started because of some twinkling stars. :)