Life Is A Conveyor Belt

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    Sep 02, 2011 10:31 PM GMT


    I saw this I Love Lucy episode when it first aired on TV. It remains my metaphor for life.

    We all travel along a conveyor belt of life. When we start there are many others ahead of us, and we can't see the end. As we get further along, however, we realize there are fewer and fewer ahead of us, and more behind us.

    Eventually we see the end of the conveyor belt, where we must fall off. Falling into whatever your own belief system may tell you is the next step, if any.

    But the belt never stops, and eventually you reach the end. (I'll not try to make a metaphor for the image of Lucy & Ethel plucking chocolates from the belt for wrapping -- the analogy of a premature demise, perhaps?)

    And I think a lot of us don't think about the inevitability of the conveyor belt of life. Rather, we imagine we'll remain static, never moving along, never nearer to the end.

    Do any of you really think about your mortality, that you are moving inexorably through time, like on a conveyor belt that you can't stop? And if so, what does that mean to you?
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    Sep 02, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    Art Deco said:

    Rather, we imagine we'll remain static, never moving along, never nearer to the end.

    I like this post and your analogy to the conveyor belt. Most people don't welcome or embrace change and think any particular situation that they find themselves will last eternally.
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    Sep 02, 2011 10:48 PM GMT
    Read the whole Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible.

    "Life is meaningless, says the Preacher..."

    Paul the apostle on one occasion, wrote that if we suffer for Christ for the sake of this life only, then we are the most to be pitied.

    I'm persuaded that we are here to prepare to spend eternity in the presence of God, who made us for this purpose. True faith in Christ will guarantee this life in Heaven.
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    Sep 02, 2011 10:48 PM GMT
    I fully accept that I now have more of my life behind me, then I do ahead. I also know I have the strength to push that stop button if I need to get off; because I do not fear the end. I have lived and survived an amazing journey, that I don't need another 50 years, to feel complete, and this does give one an inner peace and strength.
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    Sep 02, 2011 10:52 PM GMT
    vincent7 saidArt Deco said:

    Rather, we imagine we'll remain static, never moving along, never nearer to the end.

    I like this post and your analogy to the conveyor belt. Most people don't welcome or embrace change and think any particular situation that they find themselves will last eternally.

    You perceive what I'm saying, about the unstopablility of time, and how we are carried along on it.

    I'd love to jump off the conveyor belt, or stop it some how. Ain't ever gonna happen.

    My partner & I can see the end of our conveyor belt more & more each day, fewer & fewer people left ahead of us. I suppose I shouldn't complain or whine, but to those behind me, do realize you have a finite period of time, and plan accordingly. The mistake many of us make, and I made, was thinking there was always an indefinite period of time ahead. There's not. The conveyor belt never stops moving, and its length is not infinite. You will fall off at its end, everyone does.