It is amazing how far society has gotten on different fields. How many things that once people thought impossible are now so easy to reach.
Every now and then I see or read about these things that keep surprising me and I believe for those who came to this world many years before me, must be like, well… WOW—that is sometimes my first thought too and the word COOL is often attached to it.
So many things that feel so natural, like been miles away from home and still be able to see and talk to family and friends; making new friends and reach people, who don’t live quite exactly around your neighborhood, well, not even in the same country. How amazing is to see the wonders and beauty that this world of ours beholds without even moving away from the living room, of course that looking at these up close and personal beats anything, but in a way it makes it more accessible—at least for half an hour—to so many of us.
Now you can even be at school without physically being there, of course maybe now the “I feel sick;” “It is raining/snowing very bad out there;” “I missed the bus;” and the very well know “the dog eat my homework” excuses are becoming obsolete since is harder to believe that a dog will eat your entire computer system.
Almost every day there is some new discover. Technology and medicine work together to make people’s life better; they work endlessly to find answers and cures for almost every one of the illnesses we know and to prevent those we still don’t understand.
And still after all of these “cool” and wonderful things we have … you find yourself asking, “Where did all the good days go?” And isn’t funny that those days some of us yearn were not really that long ago. It makes me wonder: if all of these new things we have now are so great why do we feel like we have lost “something” along the way? And would it be possible to get it back?
Just right when I finished writing that last line, there’s a sound that gets my attention … While I’m writing this, I’m sitting next to a window and I hear a bird which I’m positive, is the same bird that comes almost every day to take a bath in a bucket full of water that sits on my garden; and the first thing that comes to my mind is … that I need to throw that water away before I get mosquitoes into my home, but then I stop and while looking at the bird going through his bathing ritual I remember something we all have read and heard before “how often do you stop and smell the roses?”… And I answer mostly to myself “almost never.” Don’t get me wrong, I know it doesn’t mean exactly for me to stop everywhere I see a rose and smell it, especially when you live in a country where there are not many parks left; but to stop every now and then to Really Hear, to Really See, to Really Feel what surround us. Like I said my first thought was to throw the water away without even thinking that something magical was happening right there, in my garden … I know it’s probably not the most amazing bird I’ve seen or that hopefully, I will get to see in my life but for what it is; because for a moment that bird and I shared and instant of our lives, we shared a space, a tiny little space in this world.
I believe … I believe I just had a short encounter with that “something” and I answer that second question to myself at loud, with a tone of joy in my voice: “Yes, we can … at least a moment of it.”