Lens-Artists Challenge #124 – Now and Then
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”Bill Keane
This week Amy challenges us to share a comparison between “now” and “then” in an area of our lives for which there is a notable difference. As this is the season for holidays, and hence for being with our families, I’ve chosen to compare our holidays now versus those of the past.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”Søren Kierkegaard
Like many of you my husband and I typically spend our holidays with family, which means flying or driving with an overnight stay. Based on our concerns about the ever-present virus, and CDC warnings, this year (or NOW in Amy’s challenge terminology) we’re staying here at home. We’re hosting some very close, very careful friends from our “pod” all of whom will also be missing their families this year as well.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”Mother Theresa
As much as we are missing our families, I like to think we are keeping them safe, and they us. There is a vaccine on the horizon, which means there will be an end to this pandemic in the not too distant future. Until then I will keep my memories of family gatherings in the northeastern U.S. close to my heart and know there will be many more to come. We won’t be flying to share our holidays this year, instead we’ll be observing flying “Kiawah style” as shown below.
“Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering”Ida Scott Taylor
As time passes we will look back on this time knowing we did what we had to do to insure family time in the future. One day soon the pandemic with be “then” and we will enjoy the “now” that much more for having made it through. Until then we are thankful for our equally safety-conscious friends, family zoom calls and images of Thanksgivings past such as those I’ve shared this week.
Many thanks to Amy for her interesting challenge and the opportunity to think back fondly on times past. We look forward to peeking into your pasts as well as your present. Be sure to link your responses to Amy’s original challenge here and to Tag them with the Lens-Artists tag. We hope you’ll join us again next week as I host challenge #125 here on Travels and Trifles. Until then as always we thank you for your support and wish those who celebrate a safe and healthy holiday.