I was listening to breakfast radio last week. Driving in traffic, so I had the dial on classical. You know, to keep the calm vibes flowing as I dealt with all the other drivers on the road. It’s incredible how the type of music you listen to affects your brain.
But the thing that really got me was when this very conservative radio station asked a truly awesome question.
‘What’s beyond eternity?’
I bet it had some people choking on their cornflakes. Challenging the here and now. After all, how do you even begin to answer a question like that?
And they began to tell the story of Arthur Stace. A man probably better known as Mr Eternity. A Sydney legend. And yet an ordinary man who had had his share of challenges. For a long time addicted to alcohol, he found faith in a higher source and turned his life around in the most beautiful way. And the gift he gave was to chalk the word ‘eternity’ on Sydney pavements to inspire others. Twenty four times he avoided arrest. But the most incredible thing is he was illiterate. Couldn’t even write his name legibly. It turns out the only word he could write was ‘eternity’ in that hauntingly beautiful script. Even he couldn’t understand it. Because it’s one of those great mysteries, isn’t it. How magic happens when we’re in flow.
Just before the 9am news, I held my breath in wonder at a listener’s response…
‘We are in eternity, we just have to still the mind and live in the present’
It kind of slowed things down. One of those awesome ‘aha’s that made me stop and reassess.
What’s beyond eternity? If we’re already living it I guess that means we have all the time in the world, doesn’t it. And I wonder in realising this, how will you choose to live your life today?