The Sympathy of Life

The Sympathy of Life

We can perceive our life to be an hourglass. It represents the truest symbolism of our finitely unique life. Our life is nothing short of a tragedy as every moment awaits a turmoil of inner war that shatters our ego, ridicules the joy, and kills our peace. However, just as agonizing is the pitiful existence of our life, some moments are worth celebrating. There is one condition to celebrate life truly. It is to understand the moments of our existence, which are our past, present, and future. Our life is like an hourglass full of sympathy. It comprises three components: our past, the upper bulb; our present, the narrow middle pathway; and our future, the lower bulb.

The Realistic Past

The highlight of our life is our past. Every individual cling to their past, which is perceived as the most important aspect of our life, without which we can barely exist. We believe that our past defines us, which is partially true. Our past does say a lot about us, but that does not necessarily define us enough to affect our present and future. We hold within us the power to change, to be the leader of our actions and master of our decision. We should have the decisiveness to be moral beings. Our past can and probably is full of mistakes, and what’s wise of us to do is learn from those mistakes and fill our life and the world with good things. In the hourglass conception, our past is non-existent since the grains of sand are the elements of our life, and at each second, the grains slip from past to present. Every grain represents a moment of our life. Each moment is beautifully unique, without which our life gets even shorter. The truth is that no matter how much we despise a moment, we will not trade it for anything else since it carries a weight that reflects the time of life. We feel as if our past is the only essence of the sympathy of life. Our Past hold only the power to strengthen us for the present, and only by understanding the true realistic past can we achieve that feat.

The Palpable Present

Now that our past is a non-existent occurrence of our conception that only delivers the grains of sand, the weight, ironically, is carried by the thin, tiny, and narrow stream that encompasses our real ‘realistic’ occurrence, our past. However, just as the shape of our hourglass suggests, it is the smallest yet significant moment that cannot possibly be explained through the concept of time. The present holds neither any shape nor any form; it is almost palpable, barely there. We, from the strength and lessons lent from our past, use it to shape our present. The true significance of life comes from our present as we try to gain the sympathy of life by living morally and pursuing the romance of life. Just as thin the concept of the present is, it almost defies time. It is either so fast that we cannot conceive it or too slow, as if time stops. At present, we are invincible, and we should take advantage of our heightened sense of existence and make the best of it.

The Ignorant Future

The lost is our past, the forgotten is our present, and the unseen, unbelievable, and ignored is our future. Our perception of our future is treated ignorantly, although we worry a lot about our future so much that we forget our present and deceive ourselves in a limbo of time. Once our past is lost, we shift the entire weight of the grains to our future. The unbearable weight of the Saharan desert we carry makes us worry about something non-existent. Similar to our past, our future becomes non-existent as, just like the hourglass, the lower bulb is merely the temporary resting place for the sand. The sympathy of life is the configuration of each component of life that encompasses every moment of our life.


To appreciate our past, present, and future is to grasp their significance and embrace them fully. It is vital to comprehend and align with each of these phases to avoid falling into the trap of addiction and misunderstanding. Life, with its profound meaning, is a precious gift that warrants celebration throughout its entirety. Modern authors today channel their artistic talents into capturing the essence of existence. Among these emerging authors is Karen Lawson, who contributes to the understanding and appreciation of life through her captivating “White Family” series. This collection of historical fiction novels, including “Sercie Hill,” “Summit Street,” and “Bitsy and Clara,” beautifully exemplifies the inherent beauty of life.