Today marks a period of time, as does every day and as they accumulate one day at a time we look back at how we spent the day or several of them over a period of time. It could be each day with the reflections exercise, it could be a weekly exercise or as this day suggests, four weeks of meditations and reflections and what have we learned about ourselves and the world we are creating or destroying in which we live and move and have our being. Paul Tillich noted this in his seminal work, “The Shaking of the Foundations.”
Longer periods of time give us a larger view and yet each day spent makes its contribution to the big picture. The more of one kind with good things produces a better picture than more of the other kind with bad things. So simple and so complex. Those who live long and live well understand this better than others.
That we have choices about how we will use our power to create or destroy has a ring of truth that may help us to review what direction we seem to be headed. That is in a much larger context than the daily meditations offer but this is how they add up over time even from generation to generation. When you have a look back, what do you see? What would you change for a better future? That is one of the purposes of a good review and one of the only reasons for looking back. As George Santyana said, “Those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are condemned to repeat them.”
Whether looking looking back or looking ahead, what we see, and what we understand, will help make good choices for a better day, a better week, month or year. Learning, changing, growing and the beat goes on.