a writing by John Trent

Good day VoicesNet friends and family,

A single candle lights the darkness of the morn, while silence blankets and awaits the arrival of the sun. With coffee in hand and sweet Magnolia by my side, I sit, and wait for the dawning of this glorious day. This is my time to open my mind and soul. A time of contemplation and preparation for this mysterious experience called life.

From the time we are born till the time we die, we are constantly transforming. Whether it is physical, mental, or spiritual, our psyches and beings are impacted by each simple act of living, every passing moment. As I contemplated my own personal transformation, I reflected on those, so called, ‘life changing’ events that shaped and molded who I am today. With each passing second, I have changed. With each, sometimes painful moment, I have become more wise and I have learned how to live.

Thich Nhat Hahn once wrote, “without impermanence, there can be no life”. So many times we reflect upon our past, to those seemingly perfect moments, only to wish for their return. We try to relive these memories only to find it impossible because reality can only exists in the changing instant between the past and the future. Each breath we take is in the here and now.

Throughout this transformation of being, we have faced many trials, tribulations, and wonders; a child’s first step, first love, divorce, and death, just to name a few. All of which reside in the past. In short, life is wonderful and painful simultaneously. It's complex and hard. Yet, through its ever changing nature, it remains the greatest gift of all. Each challenging day has built upon the last, ultimately transforming our minds and bodies into the very essence of who we are, right now.

So, every once in a while, when life gets tough, remind yourself this too will change; for impermanence is the primary cornerstone for the foundation of life.

Take care and God bless,


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