Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past.
It is important to have an eye on the experiences, successes, failures, celebrations and tragedies from the past, both global and personal. We can learn a lot from what has already happened. The future deserves equal attention. We can look to new opportunities, consequences, surprises, and lay a path towards our tomorrows.
Janus (dʒeɪnəs in Latin) doesn’t seem to be aware of the present. Looking back and forward he doesn’t see the majesty, mystery and messages surrounding him. I have been there living from memories to dreams without stopping to smell the flowers, taste the honey, hear the music or kiss a lived one. When my life feels frantic, I retreat from now.
The memories and dreams are are a shifting, imperfect, blurry frame for my immediate. If I struggle to hold the frame too tight, the picture gets out of focus or disappears. When I live today, adding experiences to my cupboard, the frame expands and contracts and the past and future shifts and transforms. If I love the frame and live the picture I get to see a new world very day.
Make Today Remarkable, by holding everything a little more loosely,