Where the Past and Future Meet

Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO) is currently funding the development and creation of a clock that will last for 10,000 years.  As per usual, with any major development of any sort, people are up in arms for a variety of different reasons… and I’ve been thinking about it all morning.  How on earth could this be a bad thing?  

There are a lot of people who think that the money should have been used for any number of things.  Scholarships. The national debt. Basically, anything else in the whole world that is valuable today. At this exact moment.  Even yesterday, for that matter. 

And I totally get that. 

But my favorite part of the whole idea of the clock is how the past and future are coming together so perfectly.  I love historical moments, moments where you can feel the love, blood, sweat and tears of everyone that has come before us. We don’t live in a vacuum. We’re part of a larger story.  A few months ago, I was able to go to the re-opening ceremony of the Arvada Flour Mill, where a huge part of the story was in looking at how the flour mill was such an integral part of life in the little city I grew up in. I loved it. And I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens tomorrow and next year and across the next several decades. I feel like the clock brings that same excitement – just in a much more enormous way.  There’s a huge difference between five decades or five thousand years. So much more time and history will get folded into the life of that clock! 

On another side, there’s also something really powerful about doing things because they’re beautiful.  Because one day, they’ll be amazing.  There’s something to be said for inspiration.  For future-leaning. For creating something of lasting value.  

Not to mention, it’s a privately funded venture. So there’s that too. 

Can you imagine – 10,000 years in the future, there will be kids looking at the clock, imagining what the world must have felt like thousands of years ago. What it must have felt like to live in the year 2011 rather than 12011.  

I say build the clock. Own it. Love it. Our choices today create the future tomorrow. And for the rest of our days, there will be a clock keeping the time, stretching far into tomorrow… 

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so take these words
and sing out loud
cause everyone’s forgiven now
tonight’s the night
the world begins again

I wish everyone was loved tonight
we could somehow stop
this endless fight
just a chance that maybe
we’ll find better days

so take these words
and sing out loud
cause everyone’s forgiven now
cause tonight’s the night
the world begins again

“Better Days Ahead” – Goo Goo Dolls

(one of my favorite songs: something beautiful about the chance to start over completely) 

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The Best of the Best – The End of the War

As I’m transitioning into a new blog, I’m going to be posting a few of those blogs here as well.  This is one from a while back, right after President Obama declared the official end of the war in Iraq… I like the hope that’s here. 

“Earlier today, President Obama declared an official end to the war in Iraq.  

Now there’s a statement I never thought I’d say.  

It’s been more than seven years since the war in Iraq was announced and declared.  One of those moments in time that is so firmly ingrained in my memory.  Seven years ago, I was a high school senior watching the evening news.  But I wasn’t in my living room.  I was halfway across the globe, in a small Scotland flat, watching BBC and mentally calculating the hours until I could get back on a plane and go home.  That night, we walked around New Haven, listening to the RAF jets flying overhead, bound for war as well.  It seemed so strange to be so far from home, and yet so clearly able to see the nearly instantaneous results of what was happening in my own country.  

I’m even reminded of two years after that night, when I was once again back in Scotland for a third time, as I watched a crowd of 20,000 strong sprinting down Princes Street in Edinburgh, burning American flags as they went. Talk about a shift in perspective for a little American girl so far from home. 

And so today, it is with great joy that I celebrate the end of the war in Iraq.  There is still a war in Afghanistan, and many thousands of soldiers spread across the world, far away from families and everything familiar, simply to protect my life and the freedoms I am so blessed to enjoy here. 

And now, we pray for peace in the world.  We fight for the oppressed, for the marginalized, for the lost, not because we are American and because we think we know best.   We do all these things because they are the right thing to do, and because our nation has miraculously been blessed with the manpower and financial ability to do just that. We pray for the husbands to be reunited with their wives after a deployment.  For grown children to come home to parents who spend every waking hour wondering if they are safe.  For soldiers to be able to come home and enjoy the safety and freedom they’ve fought so hard to obtain.  

I stand here, forever thankful.” 

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