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In Flight
Catherine Al-Meten

A moment in time is what today is. A blink of the eye in the broader vision of time. And yet for each of us, wrapped up in our own thoughts, lives, experiences, and concerns, today is the most and least important moment of our lives. For many, today means dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. For others, today is about getting so lost in a schedule or buried beneath obligations and tasks that we barely notice the difference between today and yesterday. For some time passes quickly; for others it crawls at a snail’s pace. What does ‘today’ mean for you? Here are some things to consider when wondering about the importance of this day, this moment in time—today.

This day, June 25, 2014 like no other. On this day, something may happen that will be remembered for years to come. Something may be discovered, created, or destroyed that will change the course of human history. Today may be the best day or the worst day of the week for you. It all depends.

If you doubt my words, let’s look back in time and see what has occurred on other June 25s. On this day in 1788, Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution making it the 10th state to join the Union. On this day in 1868, the U.S. Congress enacted the law that created the 8-hour work day for federal workers. On this day in 1876, General Custer and more than 260 of the soldiers of the 7th Calvery met their fate on the battlefield with the Sioux and Cheyenne in Montana. In 1903, Madame Marie Curie announced her discovery of radium. On this day in 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea setting off the Korean War. On this day in 1903, novelist, essayist, and critic, George Orwll (Eric Arthur Blair) was born, and on this day Actor, Elie Wallach passed away. On this day in 2009, pop icon Michael Jackson died as did actress Farah Fawcett.

On June 25, 2006, Nouri al-Malaki proposed a 29-point proposal for national unity in Iraq. On this date in 1967, the Beatles recorded, “All You Need is Love”. On this date in 1997, scientist and oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau died. The 15th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Warren Burger died on this date in 1995, and Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor was born 60 years ago today. Playwright, George Abbott was born on this date in 1887, and singer-songwriter, Carly Simon was born on this date in 1945.

In my search back in history, I found many important events, births, and deaths that occured—some horrendous, others uplifting and life-affirming.
We each wake up every day with the chance to make something of the time, gifts, and good fortune we have. We can squander it, use it to abuse and maniupulate others, or use it to be of service, to be creative, to be productive, and to find something meaningful to share, express, or design. We can fix problems, or create them. We can search for answers, or refuse to see the signs or facts when they are right before us. How will we choose to spend this day? What will we leave behind to mark June 25, 2014 in our own personal lives? How will the world remember this day, and others like this, when we had the opportunities to show our respect to one another, create more peaceful ways of handling problems, to be of service to our fellow humans, or to appreciate and take care of those in our care and the Earth where we live?

Spend some time today, creating the life you would like to remember at some distant time in the future. Write a poem, plant a tree, bake a pie, or keep writing that book. Stop worrying about being good enough, having enough time, or waiting for the right moment. Live in today, and create something worthy of leaving behind—even if that is a simple memory of goodness.

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