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Annual Celebrations - Making It Year to Year
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 • Posted June 29, 2011

Today, I've sent birthday greetings to Terri Reardon and anniversary wishes to Steve and Merlina. Thanks to facebook, every day seems to have a roster of folks to greet and congratulate; but, I tend to stick with a rather small circle of family and close friends.After my fiftieth birthday, it seems that they now become rather anticlimactic. I made it to 40, then 45, then 50,,,, after that, I'm just pleased to still be around. But, I still have plenty of family and friends that are approaching milestone events, so I focus on their celebrations rather than dwelling on my own.Mason celebrated its 150th in 2008. I remember the nation's 200th in 1976. I also helped celebrate Texas' 150th in 1986. And, who could forget the approach of the new millennium and all the hoopla that surrounded that arbitrary date.We have to remember that time is, as Einstein reminded us, relative. We humans created the concept of time to help us keep track of crop cycles, of animal migrations, of family progressions. Once, it was cycles of the moon, generations of a family, rising and settings of the sun. Only later did we break it down into years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds. Of course, if we were on another planet, or at another spot in our galaxy, such definitions of time would have no real relation to our lives. And yet, we are slaves to time. We complain about not having enough time, when in fact, time is virtually endless. In the entire history of our universe, we humans have only been around a minuscule amount. If all time were translated to a 24-hour day, man only made his appearance at the last 30 seconds prior to midnight. Of course, once we arrived, we started making changes to try to control how the rest of time would play out till the end.We have extended our lifespans and improved upon our quality of life so that our time in this world will be improved over the lives of those who came before us. We count each year and anticipate those that are coming. We remember the birthdays, the anniversaries, the milestone events and the sad moments that occurred. We mark them with songs, food, singing and pageants. Some of them, we simply remember in silence and move on with our lives.But why?Because we know that the time we have on this earth is limited. We know that, even with the best of health and the most protected of lives, there is still a finite amount of time that we will be able to enjoy. By marking our own progression and the advancements of those we love, we are able to see that there is a continuation. It comforts us to know that by celebrating a birth, we are in effect celebrating the births that will follow. By remembering the deaths, we are allowing the memories of those that came before to continue on through the years.Time is relative; but, our lives are not. We know the limits upon our own short time in this world and we mark it to reassure ourselves that we are still alive. We may have been in this world for a short time comparatively; but, it is our time. These are the birthdays that we celebrate. These are the anniversaries that we remember. So, our remembrances become part of the time we have. And we look forward to the time yet to come. And we live our lives.

It’s all just my opinion.

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