One day we will look back at today and say that it hasn’t been the same since.
Life is a series of moments that add up to the future. Blink and you’re left behind. Blink twice and you might miss it completely.
My mother tells the story of her mother walking home across the prairie. It was a long walk, as one would expect. She was halfway between town and home when she saw something odd as she squinted toward the horizon. It was unlike anything she had ever seen before and she couldn’t figure out what it could be. She kept her pace, moving steadily toward the unknown. As she finally got close, she realized it was an elephant. In the middle of nowhere, in the center of Kansas.
Imagine what she was thinking. She probably had never seen an elephant before–maybe she had seen a picture or read about elephants but in all likelihood she had never seen one. But that day in the middle of nowhere, she looked up, focused and saw something she had never before seen.
We celebrate those things we cherish. We remember times that have passed, people who are gone, people who are far away. We are reminded of stories that have been told and things we have done together. We think of the way things used to be and smile. And maybe wipe a tear from our eyes.
Experience teaches us one of life’s major truths: one of the few things we can always count on is change. And though we will remember what used to be, we can also see the promise of what will be. The young remind us to be open to possibility.
So, if one day you see something up ahead that you can’t quite make out, do not fear. Suspend disbelief. Be willing to embrace the idea of an elephant in the middle of nowhere. Do not blink. For things will never again be the same.