New Signs, New Everything

Theme for January: Abundance

Monday, January 25, 2021

As we drove along the interstate one wintry morning recently, there were signs I’d never seen before. These signs, naming exits and streets and towns, had actually been there for years, and I know we had passed them many times. In a sense, though, they were as new this morning as the sunlight shining on them. After all, since yesterday, new dust and dirt had settled on them in brand new patterns, the weather had reworked them by further wearing them down, and the light was landing on them in ever so slightly new ways. In that sense, these were signs I’d never seen before, signs that were newly redecorated, rejuvenated, and I might say remade in the hours and days since we last passed them. The signs seemed to almost flash their newness at us as we passed. For me, this implies a startling fact about our universe – namely, the newness of all things. Despite my usual inability to notice it, there is newness everywhere – in signs on the interstate, in clouds assembling in the sky in ways no one has seen before, in cars spattered with snowplow salt in patterns that are each, in tiny ways, different from any previous pattern in the history of cars and road salt. I couldn’t stop thinking about it as the day passed – this newness, this freshness, this utter novelty and originality of everything. It seemed like an astonishing life I was living, a life where starting fresh happens every second, a life in which all things – including me – are no more than one second old! 

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