As May ends, it seems fitting to quote Yoda and wish that the Force, indeed, will be with you. Of course many have interpreted the Force to mean that great something that is greater than us all. It is that thing that guides us, supports us, and carries us through all the trials and tribulations of life. As we face the demons and those that would vanquish us, we should remember that there is a Force that shall always be with us.
On another note, on this day in 1859, the great clock in the Elizabeth Tower at Parliment began to keep time using Big Ben, the bell installed there, to sound out the quarter hours. Time, in essence, began that day, just as it begins every day for each of us. The truth is, there is no time really, only now. We remember the past, dream of the future, but all we really can ever know is the Now.
So the Force is with us in the Now and guides through time. And even if time is really just a manufactured thing for our convenience in tracking the days of our lives, we know it is real and we should be grateful.
Now and forever the time being, may the Force be with you.
It truly is amazing what you can see if you just look. This picture of a cat named Pico looks like he is lost in a cloud of smoke. He is looking right at the camera, but the focus went all bizarro and this was the result. I didn't plan it. It just happened. At first I thought I would just delete it, but then it kind of grew on me. I thought, "If you just look, you can see so much more than what the naked eye can see."
A May Zing...for the month of May, it really does have some "zing" to it.
On this Memorial Day, the meaning of Mayday becomes so clear. Mayday is an international distress signal, used when there is danger of loss of life or other imminent disaster. It is a call for help. Today it seems particularly poignant as we reflect upon those who gave their lives in service to our country.
"Mayday! Danger! Please help!"
Can you imagine the many cries throughout history as those who were under attack or threatened with certain death sent the signal out? I understand that as the Arizona went down, the signal was sent out for hours and hours before it was finally heard...too late for so many. I imagine the same alarm was sounded as hundreds of other ships, planes and footsoldiers were blown to smithereens. I imagine it was heard in anquish on the Russian front druing WWII, at Gettysburg, the Halls of Montezuma, the Shores of Tripoli, Pearl Harbor, Korea, VIet Nam, Iraq, Afganistan, and at the World Trade Center on 9/11. And so many other places where lives were threatened, where lives were eventually lost. Mayday! Mayday!
Today is a time to reflect and to honor those whose lives were lost in battle or as "collateral damage." For each, the meaning of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will forever give pause to whomever pays them homage. Today we are called to remember there is no freedom without sacrifice. And to that I say with hands folded and head bowed, amen.
I think I can, but may I?
Sometimes I can do things, sometimes I can't. But whether I may is another question. I may do something but I may not. It is possible I will. I may have permission to do so. But can I just because I may? Now think about it. There are many things we can do. We can really do just about anything. Of course there are the little things to consider like time, money, morality, inclination and the like. All those aside, just because we can, doesn't mean we may and vice versa.
When one arrives at a door of someone's home, they can just walk in. But it is polite, I believe still, to ask if one may enter. Of course you could ask if you can enter, and the person inside could probably give you a quick assessment and determine that, yes, indeed, you are able to enter. But they would need to consider other factors like whether they know you well enough, are too busy for company just now, or just don't want you to enter before saying to may enter.
All this may cause you some consternation. Surely I know it can be frustrating to try to read this and make sense of it. I know you can. I think you may. But can or may aside, it is wise to know the difference before asking "Can I?" or "May I?"