Saturday, December 31, 2016

A River?

Connecticut River, Looking Towards Vermont, 29 Nov 15
In Einstein's equation, time is a river. It speeds up, meanders, and slows down. The new wrinkle is that it can have whirlpools and fork into two rivers. So, if the river of time can be bent into a pretzel, create whirlpools and fork into two rivers, then time travel cannot be ruled out. Michio Kaku (Source)
So the year 2016 is winding down. Many people died this year, many people were born this year. This happens every year and has since the moment God willed us into existence*. It will continue until it does not. I make no claims to know the how and the when of that. Only God knows.

My year started with a trip out to Sandy Eggo to witness the baptism of my youngest grandchild. It more or less ended with the annual pilgrimage to my Mom's for Christmas. Those were the highlights to start and finish my year. Lots of stuff happened in between, some good, some bad, but again, that happens every year.

I have yet to have what some folks call a "bad year." I suspect that if I were a farmer, or a rancher for that matter, that "bad year" thing would have a lot more meaning. Weather causing crops to fail, stock to die, those are bad things which can wreck a whole year. I've had bad days, bad weeks, even bad months, but that's all relative. Bad year? Not yet, knock on wood. (Said while rapping myself on the head.)

I live, I prosper, I love, I am loved. Everything else fades into the background noise if you can have those things.

Health is important as well. Mine has had its ups and downs this year, abdominal surgery is not fun, nor is any other kind. But hey, if it keeps you on your feet and moving forward, well it's something one must tolerate. I reckon.

I trust that 2017 will be much like other years. Good times, bad times, we'll all have our share.** All we can do is drive on - do our jobs to the best of our ability, help those who need it, and cherish our families and friends.

If time is a river, some of us are closer to the ocean than others, some are mired in the swamps, and some are out in main current, sun shining on their faces, the wind in their hair, and a smile on their lips.

Whatever happens will happen. All we can do is our best.

May 2017 find you happy, healthy, and loved.






* No need to leave argumentative comments regarding this sentence. It is what I believe to be the truth. Unless you can scientifically prove otherwise, sit down.
** Yes, I know what that's from.

24 comments:

  1. I'm pretty sure 2016 was a "bad year" round here. 4 tragedies in the last 4 months. 4 friends and coworkers. 2 Motor Vehicle accidents, two....well, I guess the cares of the world were too much for them. It felt like one body slam after another. I won't tempt fate by comparing one year to another, but will look forward to the Lord's grace in the opportunity of a new year.

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    1. Yup, that counts as a bad year. I trust the new year will be better.

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    1. itude that they're all good.
      Some are just a lot better

      BTW - my mind kept telling me it's abominable surgery

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    2. it's all good theme.

      (And it was kind of abominable, still not completely healed. Yet another follow up in March, Doc said, "Oh, it's going to be a while before that heals." He was right.)

      See what I did there?

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  3. The cool part is at the quantum level it appears that particles can cause effect before they even come into existence. So as I raft down this river, drawing ever closer to a landing on an undiscovered shore, I pray mightily that I'm already firetrucking some stuff up in a place I haven't been yet. :)

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    1. That's heavy man. I think that was the first quantum physics comment here. Ever.

      I feel smarter just knowing you.

      :)

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    2. Have you seen what Snap On wants for a set of quantum mechanics tools, and a roll away tool box?

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    3. Can't say I have. They must be expensive though, a quark adjuster has to be pricey!

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    4. They're not just standard and metric, either. Top, bottom, charmed, and strange. And each one has an up variety and a down variety. And then there are the leptons...

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  4. Damn the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, all ahead flank!

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  5. Even with Kendy's battle against cancer this year, I cannot call it a bad year (see my post on my facebook page). It
    has had it's ups and downs but all in all it's been a good year.

    And for 2017 I will borrow a quote from Spock and say my wish for you and your family is to "Live long and prosper".

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    1. Kendy won her battle. 'Tis a shame she had to fight it, but she won. She had good allies I'm thinking.

      Peace and long life, for you and yours.

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    2. Yes, she had good allies but her best ally was The Master Physician. He blessed her tremendously!!

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    3. If God is for us, who can be against us?

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  6. Well, it can't be all that bad of a year when Hillary will never be President.

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    1. Yes, there is that. A definite reason to celebrate.

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    2. Leonard Cohen's song comes to mind every time I think of that outcome.

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    3. I think I know the one of which you speak. (I also see that Mr. Cohen passed in 2016. Rough year for some.)

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