Then and Now

outside-of-228-canaloutside-of-228-canal-st     It’s amazing the difference a year makes.

A year ago you can see the shell of an aging home as the renovations began.  Today, the project continues to move forward, much closer to its final state.

It’s easy to see the closing of the two garage doors and front man door as well as the addition of a carport and deck.

What you can’t see in these pictures are the differences inside between now and then.  Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

The same goes for each of us.  Yes, we may be able to see physical changes like the extra 25 pounds lost and a whiter shade of hair.  But our unseen thoughts, opinions and beliefs may have changed, too.  Time and new knowledge, like hard work and building materials, have transformed what was then to what is now.

This year’s nasty presidential election shows that same transition as the campaign ended and the polls closed.  I have to believe all of the candidates are not who they were a year ago.  Like it or not, each has gained a better understanding of the world around them.  A lot has changed between then and now, though we may not see that on the surface.

Some researchers today believe the body replaces itself with a new set of cells every seven years.  Today’s knowledge shows each body part has its own lifespan.  Current knowledge conveys that the lining of the stomach is renewed every few days while some body parts remain with you from birth to death.  In a year, that ‘knowledge’ may change as our understanding grows.

Right now, I believe we’re all changing each moment yet a part of us always remains unchanged.  I was right where I needed to be a year ago and I’m right where I’m supposed to be now.  How about you?


About Kathy Ruff

Kathy Ruff is a seasoned, freelance business and inspirational writer and author of the Sharing Peace on the Path blog.
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