Eternity in an Hour

To see a world in a grain of sand / And a heaven in a wild flower/ Hold infinity in the palm of your hand / And eternity in an hour.William Blake

We live within multiple worlds ever day. Our dreams, hopes, ambitions all influence our inner worlds to some extent. But there should be a time of day when all that chatter from inner monologue is quieted. Too much of life is spent determined to push forward along the same tracks as yesterday. Setting goals, having ambition, being self-determined are all fine, but relentlessly pressing ahead will limit appreciation of the NOW.

Always rushing towards the next waypoint on a predetermined course limits feelings of gratitude for the life we all have been given. John Lennon once said, Life is what happens while we are making other plans. It is so true. There are undiscovered worlds of beauty and wonder waiting for more than a lingering glance. Linger on the path and hearten your soul for the journey. Treasure the so-called commonplace.

One’s daily realm can receive more joy through simple awareness of unembellished reality. Short vids of someone else’s life can never measure up to authentic experience even for a moment. There are an immeasurable amount of precious grains of time wasted on moderated distraction. These temporal granules fall into oblivion never to return. Everyday, allow an interlude of calm to slow their rate of extinction.

Take time away from anxiously seeking results. Open the windows of your soul to worlds of wonder. A few minutes can feel eternal if spent with a light heart and unburdened mind. Refreshing the body in this way will increase the chance for personal success. Take time out of your day to put joy in your life.

Published by everythingisbeachy

Read my books at: Wheeler was a monthly magazine and weekly newspaper editor during the time he lived in China from 2007-2019. In China he worked for: Education Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Propaganda Ministry. In addition to his magazine and newspaper work, Wheeler edited and contributed to: multiple travel guides; numerous textbooks; several research and translation projects; and advertising copy for countless clients. As a university lecturer, Wheeler developed several university courses including Appreciation of Western Poetry and Introduction to Journalism. He taught Writing, Literature, Culture, Film, and other subjects. His success as a foreign teacher and editor led to Wheeler being awarded Teacher of the Year honors several times at two major universities. In addition to writing, Wheeler was an actor in China. He was on a television show; and the voice for Hangzhou Tourism as well as acting on stage. Wheeler's most unusual role was being the spokesman for a wallpaper adhesive company.

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