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TAKING THE TIME TO STOP AND STARE

Fr Jim Cogley



The poet Robert Frost wrote, ‘What if life is so full of care that we don’t take time to stand and stare?’ We are part of an active cosmic dance of gravitational forces and cosmic fields. Yet with so many miracles that we could marvel and be in awe of, we often choose to ignore them and instead become sidetracked by the mundane and the ordinary, even to the extent of being consumed by the insignificant. An important part of beginning to understand who we truly are in the overall nature of things is to actually take time to stop and stare. Simple observation gives us a sense that we are intrinsically part of a cosmic miracle that is so incredible that it cannot but awaken our sense of awe. The breathtaking wonder of it all we so easily take for granted and seldom with gratitude.


If we were to consider for a few moments that any of the cosmic or nature miracles did not happen. If the earth stopped rotating or the trees failed to produce oxygen, if any of those vital steps failed, then our day, our daily life and our world would be in big trouble. So much in life we fail to appreciate until it is in danger of being taken away from us. However that is not the way it has to be. With a little more awareness and a lot less busyness we can begin every day to appreciate how incredible our existence is and how interconnected everything is to form a whole. With a little more conscious awareness we begin to see the extra in the ordinary and realize that there is extraordinary everywhere we choose to look. In the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning 'Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round and pluck blackberries'.

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