Day 20 of Kate Motaung's October 2015 edition of 31 days of free unedited "just writes".
Tuesday 20 October: Temporary
Temporary, pro tem—lasts, endures for a while, for a time, either short or long. but not forever, usually not for the long run.
Sometimes knowing something is temporary helps me stay the course and hang in there. At other times realizing this is only temporary makes me sorry and sad because a lot of those temporaries feel so good and are so wonderful. Reunion with an old friend? A fabulous concert? Perfect summer weather? Yummy eats, of course! Again right now my housing situation is temporary. For sure it won't be so-called permanent housing. In some ways I like the freedom of coming and going from this very very inner-city abode, in other ways I think of my *stuff* in storage and would enjoy bringing it into a place and space where I'll abide for at least a somewhat longer while, possibly a year or two or more. Erik Erikson speaks of the furniture of self, and says that *stuff* is part of how we recognize ourselves and our history; it's part of the evidence of who we are. (I can't recall the exact quote.)
Our physical stay on planet earth truly is temporary—whether we live for only a few seconds after birth, or like Louise from the church I attended for a while we live into our 100s. She was 107 last time I looked! That temporary phase also tells me we need to "make the most" of the time – the tempus – in acts and attitudes of loving service.
That's my Tuesday take on temporary.