Time and the rocking chair (a mini-story). by Dr. Tyrone Ceaser

rocking chair

I sat in my rocking chair today. It's a significant event for me because I hardly ever slow down enough to sit in my rocking chair. 

My rocking chair wears a lot of hats for me. It takes my postural instabilities, and for a moment, makes me feel as if I've never been unstable. My rocking chair suppresses my problems, my worries, and my insecurities. Quite frankly, I'm surprised my rocking chair is still capable of supporting my ass.

But today, I let it all go.

No, not my rocking chair. But everything I gave to it. I usually pick it all back up the moment I remove myself from the rocking chair. But today, for the first time ever, I saw everything I gave to my rocking chair - fall to the ground - and disappear. 

Time gave me the chance to be with my rocking chair. Time showed me how precious I was. Time showed me how transient my preciousness is. Time showed me that my rocking chair won't always be there. Time showed me that everything I gave to my rocking chair was beautiful, no matter how hard, how inconceivable, how sad, or how hideous those things appeared to be. 

As I removed myself from the rocking chair, in a few, fleeting moments, it all hit the ground. And even if my precious hand decides to pick them up again, it'll never be the same. 

Time made sure of that. And it made sure to show me why it(time) is most important. 

. . . If you'd like to see some of the things I dropped from the rocking chair, start with this letter that fell first.

Wayfinding by Dr. Tyrone Ceaser


Where are the birds going?

What do the clouds suggest about the weather patterns for next week?

What are the stars saying about where we are and where we’re going?

Are the water currents showing the calm before the storm?

Wayfinding is fascinating. It’s how the natural world gets along with their duties, safety, and lives. I question how much I really know about nature and how close I am to it. I think we should be grateful that we have natural compasses within us that nature simply confirms be her cloud, current, star and bird symbols. Nature is here for us. We are the greatest and boldest of all nature.

But somewhere along the way, I became fascinated with everyone and everything but myself. If we are honest, many (perhaps most) of us have done this.

Ask yourself this: 10 years from now, do you look like you, or do you look like everyone else?

The good thing about life is that as long as you have it, it’s never too late.