Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Present NOW

In view of our conversations the last few days, may I offer a bit of wisdom  (sophia) for your consideration?

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 09:57 
GAYTWOGETHER.COM - Quotes & Quips"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake." - Marie Beyon Ray

Nothing like the present moment. . . .GRAB IT. . . .


Jabacue said...

So true! Nothing like the present to WAKE us up!

Gary Kelly said...

Okay, I grabbed it. Now what?

JustinO'Shea said...

What ever you lil ole heart desires, man. . . .do it.

Living in the NOW is the key to freedom !

Gary Kelly said...

Banister says he understands the modulus of elasticity, so maybe he can tell us exactly how long 'now' is, or indeed whether there can be nows of variable length.

I mean scientists talk about nano seconds. How many nano seconds are there in a single now?

And once that particular now has ceased to exist, what follows? A separate now or simply an extension of the previous now?

Give it your best shot Banister.

Anonymous said...

My dad used to say, when anyone was ever wondering if they should take the plunge and do something, "You're dead a long time"

I've always remembered this advice and try to live by it, practicalities permitting. But I need a reminder every now and then and this saying/advice you have presented to us is one of those similar reminders, thanks Justin.

Greg in sunny-pleasant-warm-22C-but-tomorrow-29C-Adelaide...then a change and showers.

JustinO'Shea said...
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Gary Kelly said...

JCinmeforever said...

Carpe Diem! (If I've written and spelled that properly) Yes, the moment is now...don't have to brude over, but learn from the past. keep your eyes looking ever forward taking advantage of opportunity to fulfill your goals and dreams. Love others for who they are along the way...That, in-and-of-itself builds hope, confidence and peace. And always remember to ask for guidance when your unsure. :)

Anonymous said...

Gary, at your age and relative level of experience, if you don't know what to do with it after you grab it, there is no hope for any of us.

Time? I know it is a one-dimensional factor in equations, and usually has a beginning point and a concluding point during which certain other measureable events occur.

I don't think it's possible to say how many nano seconds are in a single now, since that now is constantly advancing; nano second by nano second.

Perhaps it would be better to define "now" as a collection of experiences during one "time period." That is I'm sitting at my laptop and typing this and drinking instant coffee and getting ready to walk down to the showers and wondering if there will be the usual eye candy there and I just decided it is time to wake up my he-who-sleeps-like-the-dead roommate Wayne. Ok, all of that was "now" for me a few seconds ago, but I'm in a different "now" since Wayne is awake. That event within the time continuum changed my personal "now" but because time is a continuum, time continued and advanced while I was having those experiences and thoughts. For me, time sort of stood still because I was engaged in a series of related thoughts and experiences within a physical space (our dorm room) which didn't change.

Now over this past weekend my "now" was of a longer duration, since I was on a camping and kayaking trip with three buds. I knew time was advancing, but within our narrow personal world I felt it was a continuous "now."

Sexual contact is a "now." Whether it's circle jerking with Wayne or a more intense experience with another dude, while it lasts time can seem to stand still, even though we know it is advancing.

Sometime we wish time could stand still in reality, and we can delay leaving a personal "now" and we can attempt to prolong experiences which makes time seem to pause, but once we step out of that "now" or set of experiences, time is there waiting for us, always going ahead.

I had my first "big-boy-sex" with another boy when I was a junior in high school, two years ago. It was one of those situations where you've known a guy for ages and things were just perfect and right one summer night and we went physical. It was amazing. Time stood still for me. Until I rolled over and looked at my watch and saw it was four in the morning! Dad met me at the front door. He looked me up and down, shirttail half out, shoes in my hand, idiot grin on my face. Time stood still.
"Well I suppose it had to happen sooner or later." He said.
"Yes, sir."
"You were careful?"
"Well grab a shower because the way you smell there's no doubt about what you've been up to."
"Yes, sir."

I walked past him and just at the foot of the stairs he said softly, "It was another boy, wasn't it?"
"Dad...." I must have looked like a deer in the headlights.
"It doesn't matter Banister. Your mother and I want you boys to be happy and healthy. Just be careful."
"Yes, sir."

So I sort of came out to my father by accident during that "now" in the hallway, both of us probably wishing time would just jump forward and releave us of the embarrassment.

And Gary, just because I mention the modulus of elasticity doen't mean I understand it! God help the people who use machines I design.

There was a lad named Banister
Who invented a jerk-off canister.
After only one stroke,
The flywheel broke,
And the results were truly sinister.

Shower. Breakfast. Classes. Studying. Masturbation. Sleep.

Each a "now" within on-going time.

JustinO'Shea said...

This post went missing. . . .

Gary Kelly has left a new comment on your post "The Present NOW":

I just did my laundry, which may not be the most thrilling news you've heard all day but it was because JustinO told me to grab the moment and do whatever my lil ole heart desires. So I took his advice and did my laundry.

I'm the world's worst procrastinator but I've learned how to justify my reluctance to do things NOW.

Now is constant. If I'd waited till tomorrow to do my laundry it would still be now. Hehe.

So whenever I do my laundry or anything else it's always now. Yeah?

Anyway, that's my theory.

Banister? Where are you? I need a bit of scientific support here.

Coop said...

I'm VERY guilty of looking at the past and thinking I should have regrets.
Esp. since in my heart I know GOD created me to be a certain person for a reason.
This bit of wisdom is something I need to pay attention to.

Gary Kelly said...

Thank you, Banister. That was a fascinating explanation and analysis of "now", and more than I expected. I was kinda half kidding when I asked the question.

And I forgive you for misspelling "relieve". You're an American, so it's understandable.

While I'm handing out medals, I think your father deserves one. You're very fortunate to have a father like him.

Gary Kelly said...

And Coop? Regrets are part of life, mate. They go with the territory. The fact that you regret certain things proves that you recognize your mistakes. And there's nothing wrong with that. Don't be too harsh on yourself.

JustinO'Shea said...

And. . .how about me? Do I still have to stay in my room???

Gary Kelly said...

No, JustinO, you can come out now as long as you promise to behave.

And give yourself a pat on the back for running a great blog.

JustinO'Shea said...

Thanks. . .on both counts. ;-))

Your Grace's humble and obedient servant ,bowing and scraping. . .

el justino

Anonymous said...

I had no idea Gary was in the Peerage! A Duke no less! I also had no idea Australia HAD a peerage. The last thing I heard was they were all waiting for the Queen to die so they could stumble off into republicanism.

Or maybe Gary is like the Brookes in Sarawak. The White Rajahs.

The Rajah of Bangyureanalpore.

Sorry about the mis-spellings. Liberal Arts not being my forte you're lucky it's not worse. Howe two rede an spel gude, by Hooked On foniks.

I have reams of studying to do and a paper to complete. I had better hie myself hence.

Anonymous said...

And yes, my father is an amazing man. I love him as my father and respect him as a man. Tolerant, open-hearted, with wide-ranging interests and a wide sense of humor and the ridiculous.

Mother? Just read the last chapter of the Book Of Proverbs.

Gary Kelly said...

My nickname for years was Grace, as in Grace Kelly. I even have a coffee mug with 'Grace' printed on it. The real Princess Grace was better looking but I have more panache.

I dunno about peerage though. I've always done a lot of peering (aka peeking) but I hadn't realized that lots of peering/peeking made me eligible for inclusion in the upper ranks of nobility.

As to the ridiculous, in my view it's essential to have a sense of the ridiculous in order to see the world as it really is.

And now let me hand you back to JunstinO who is actually the owner of this blog.

Anonymous said...

Lol....... I love you guys.

A brilliant heap of posts there guys, fun ....and.... perhaps a little food for thought in amongst it all.

Just popped in for a coffee break, work was getting to me a bit.... I'd love to add to the time discussion, but I feel I'd have to work at it to get anything past Banister, what a find you are mate!
Love your work, ha!

Thanks guys, I'm recharged and ready for more mind-numbing work, can't wait to get on to the next stge of the job I'm on, it is quite fun.

Greg in Adelaide