There are more than 100 billion galaxies in the universe; each containing hundreds of millions of stars. Our planet is like an extremely tiny grain of sand circling a hundred times larger ball of fire —Sun. And what is an human being if compared with the size of the Earth? —Nothing! These figures should be enough to convey the insignificance of our being in the universe.
Alright, I hear you. Of course one is right in saying why do we measure ourselves in terms of the universe. What matters to us is our world (world is the part of the universe that we have access to). In a way a person’s world is the space where s/he goes to and everything within this space. So, why do we consider what lies beyond our own world? Why do we worry about all those trillions of stars that are beyond even our imagination? In saying this, one surely has a point. More than 7 billion humans are living on this vast ball of rock, metal and gases called the Earth. And for all of us it is big enough. Everyone has his/her own personal world on this planet —everyone is master of his/her own world.
Nevertheless, we are insignificant. We are insignificant because we live a life that is so very much unpredictable. What we assume as having control on our lives is more or less an illusion. There are at least a billion causes which, if happen, can make us cease to live. One can die suddenly because of innumerable reasons —even our entire planet could get destroyed by cosmic causes any moment. On earth, as well, one may think that s/he is all safe and secure. We make great plans for future. But the truth is that our lives can stop anytime. Natural calamities, diseases, animals, fellow human beings, plants —just about anything can bring us death —any moment.
Am I writing as a catastrophist and pessimist? No! … Not at all 🙂 Pessimism must not be there anywhere around us but we also must not forget the temporariness and insignificance of ourselves. This realization is not only humbling but it also brings us a sense of urgency. This sense of urgency is important as it prompts us to prioritize things.
While there is no guarantee of tomorrow —shouldn’t we urgently do today what is most important to us? Shouldn’t we express our love for those whom we love? Shouldn’t we try to be with them and live the moment that has presented itself to us. This is what living in present is! Rest all can become absolutely meaningless any moment. All our plans, dreams and ambitions can go up the smoke anytime. And if that happens; nothing but feelings will remain and will remain the people who really love us.
I know a person who was a high flying professional and the sky was his limit. He had dreams of doing this and that in his eyes. But suddenly one fateful day he met a road accident that left him completely paralyzed. He became bed-ridden for the rest of his life. World changed for him. It seemed as though he was born all anew. Now the ambitions, plans and dreams of the life before accident did not matter at all. At this moment, only a handful people were with him —the people who loved him. Rest of the crowd suddenly disappeared.
The conclusion is that while we should pursue our dreams in life —we must not forget the feeling of love and the expression of it. Give your love to those whom you love and get their love in return. One never knows when his/her world may come to an abrupt end or when one finds himself/herself standing empty hands.
Live in present. Live for others. Live for love. Right now is the very moment to live your life and feel love for others. Right now is the very moment to give your love to others. Right now is the moment to cherish the love you get from others.
Right now is the moment to live… and to love.
Next moment may not come!