The Gift of "Right Now" is Truly a Present
Updated: Nov 13, 2019
Post by Onna Carr
Last year, a friend sent me a link to Stargate Atlantis Music Video - Last Day on YouTube that incorporated Nickleback's "If Today was Your Last Day" song with clips of Lt. Col. John Sheppard and Dr. Rodney McKay as they evolve as individuals and in their friendship over the course of the Stargate Atlantis series. When I wrote the "Stargate Atlantis, "The Tao of Rodney," an Episode in Review post for last year's Get to the Gate Summer Camp, I reviewed the episode by the same name and argued that this episode showed how Rodney had developed from his downright irritating and self-absorbed self into a person who could, and did, in what they thought were their last days, do the right thing with a boldness that surprises.
Sometimes, a good and healthy dose of boldness for the right reason can show up in the most unexpected quarters, in hobbits like Bilbo Baggins of Bag End, in annoying scientists like Rodney McKay, and it reminds us to be bold in our own lives and to take the path we know we should. I call it "make the call" as one time, I had not heard from someone in a long while, and though I could not imagine what on earth I could have done to lead to such silence, and I don't spend a large part of my life with the "what ifs" in general, I was putting off calling them as I was afraid that something had occurred and it would be worse if I picked up the phone and "made the call." However, I set down with me, myself, and my Vulcan half, who is far better and reasonable at these times than me, myself, and I realized that worrying about what might be the problem, if there really even was an issue, was far more troubling than just picking up the blinking dog-and-bone and facing the issue with a "hello." So, I made the call, and found out that the other party was just bogged down with business, and all was good, and since then, I have seldom been worried about being bold.
Stargate Atlantis Music Video - Last Day illustrates that the main reason that Dr. Rodney McKay was able to become less self-absorbed was because Lt. Col. John Sheppard taught him both through example and through not-so-gentle prodding, that he could become a better and braver person--that he had it in him all along to be better and to do better and that though life is short, it can and should be lived to be quite meaningful. "If Today Was Your Last Day" by Nickelback asks what a person would do if they only have today? What would they do with their life--how would they spend their time if they knew it was micro rather than macro, and shows that no matter how long a person lives, they need to live present in every moment of their presence here on earth.
Nickelback's "If Today Was Your Last Day," tells listeners how they only have today because the past is in the past and the future, wrapped in mystery, can only be altered for the better by being unabashedly bold by traveling the path taken by the few rather than the many, by making the calls you haven't made, by mending the hearts that are hurt, and forgiving those who have hurt you. This song is one of my favorites because it reminds me that I only have today. I can't change the past, and the only way I can positively affect the future is by living in the present, and that is the gift in the presence of "right now"--of today.
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