Some things are intended to be fleeting, to finish, to fade away. Others are forever, eternal, of enduring value.
Too often we confuse the two. We grip a New Year’s Eve sparkler and hope it will light the year ahead.
We invest our emotional security in passing things, such as possessions or fame or wealth, holding them too tight, and then struggle with a persistent sense of despair.
Or we commodify the deep things of life, such as relationships, beauty or belief, discarding them too easily, and then find ourselves living in a murky shallow pool of want.
Many modern societal structures (including some that should know better) push us to view the world this way because it is good for business.
Often people are lost in this reversal but others have quietly realigned their thinking, perhaps when confronted with suffering or loss, and learn again how to live in the moment and forever.