Are You "Trending Now" or "On Time?"
By Kathy Custren
So much of our tech-driven existence these days is aligned with topics that are 'of the moment,' or those that are 'trending now.' News lists from just about every social corner want to steer your attention to the most popular or trending subjects. -Forget about "that;" that is yesterday's news. What you want to read is "this."
Yet, even the 'trending now' bulletins that come to our attention are announcements of something that has already taken place; all the news we read is. If we have the chance to see a 'viral' video, it means someone has taken the time to record it, maybe edit it, and upload it to a streaming service. 'Instant news' can make us feel like we are there attending or being a part of it, but it is not a live event, in the truest sense of the word.
Technology really has us examining not just the terms we use, but also our timeliness in relation to them. Show of hands from you who are on social media: Have you experienced the embarrassment of sharing a news article (maybe the death of a celebrity), only to find it is either a hoax-or-happened a few years before? It is something many of us do, in the attempt to share, we may overlook the accuracy or the real timeliness of whatever we feel is important.
This brings to mind something a little more fateful; those things that feel like they have been 'destined all along;' like there is an overarching plan taking place behind the scenes. Whether we are likely to chalk it up to some shadowy group of societal puppet masters or to the more cosmic strings of fate, we seem to grasp the possibilities in our lives that hold a spark of promise being fulfilled.
This sense of achieving wholeness or completeness is recognized in a number of ancient Eastern writings. There are texts attributed to Buddha and others, which speak of personal or societal development reaching an episode of 'fruition.' This ultimate sense of purpose feels rather at odds with our pending sense of "now" or those trending essences that want us to focus on being fully present. Compared to the excitement associated with 'now,' it feels a little boring.
Then again, perhaps it is not at odds at all, when we really consider ourselves as timeless beings. Removing the trappings that we may associate with our 'now' and embracing the also-timeless scope of all that exists out of time, we may be able to discern that we are 'meant to be' just as we are…that there is a purpose inherent to each and every person, place, thing…and time.
Knowing this "why" aspect can be a huge undertaking, and while we are all capable of the attempt, many of us argue that we are not all ready to reach for the fruition of that understanding. The ancient sages knew it as something into which we must grow. We may hear learned people explain the "power of now" or even grasp the urgency of 'trending' topics.
However, until we choose to participate "in" the now actively, and commit to being fully present in living our lives with less of a pull or drag on even our nearest past, we miss reaching the achievement itself. Listening to a recording of a song may help us learn it. We may appreciate the artist who wrote or performed it. But, until we sing that song ourselves, live; until we put the pen to our own story; until we dance the dance in real time, then we remain a "trending now" story, as opposed to living the live experience we are meant to have.
And so goes The Conundrum.
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About the Author
Kathy Custren, OMTimes Senior Editor, is a mother of four, who strives for balance and has a deep respect for All. Interests include education, elements, nature, humanity's cosmic origins, philosophy, spirituality, and wellness. Connect with her community page "Consciousness Live" on Facebook.