In our kitchen window sits two perpetual motion creatures – a daisy that has been there for quite some time and a Santa that just joined her this past holiday season. They face the east to greet the dawn and, as soon as the sun rises, they begin their tick-tock dance and keep it up until the sunlight fades.
I’ve noticed a few things… the daisy is quite loud and she does not keep rhythm with the ticking of a clock. She sets her own pace, skipping beats every now and then, going larger on some swings, smaller on others. Sometimes she slows down so much that she seems to stop and then she suddenly bursts forth with a big swing and all is well. Her loud, irregular rhythm often grates on my nerves. She’s distracting and irregular and awkward, at times.
The Santa, on the other hand, once that sun hits him, is a continual, steady beat that sounds like a ticking clock. He seems to follow the natural rhythm of human life, tick-tock-tick-tock-tick. His motion and sound is quite entrancing for me and, at times, I find myself holding completely still, staring in his direction without blinking and totally mesmerized.
These two little figures move as long as light is shining on them. When it grows cloudy, they stop moving. At night, they sleep. But when the sun is shining, when the Light is upon them, they move because that is what they were created for. Daisy moves to her own rhythm without caring what others think. Santa stays steady and strong, also with no care as to what others think. They stop when removed from the Light. When returned, they begin again.
I choose to look at these two creatures as continual reminders of my purpose here. There is a time to dance. There is a time to rest. And there is a time to move with the rhythm of life. There is a time to BE in the Light and, at all times, it is up to me to fully be what I was created for. The good news is… I don’t have to wait for the sun to rise to bask in the Light because the Light is within me. Always.
That, my friends, is a good reason for me to dance… tick-tock-tick-tock-tick!