Moments

 

 

 One moment bleeds into the next
Moment
Bringing with it nothing
Leaving behind nothing
Only existing inside this one fragment in time
Try to hold it in your grasp and its gone
With a whisper

 

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Life is made of moments, each one slipping into the next in an endless cascade that ripples like a wide sea. Currents toss us this way and that, we are passengers on a great journey, a journey through time and space; through the moments that make up our existence.

Our lives are framed by these fragments of time. We are shaped but what occurs in each frame in succession, each effecting the next and so on unto infinity or…?  What we do today creates our tomorrow. So much can happen in the span of a scant moment; each one leads us to the next and before you know it, time has passed. There have been instances in my life when one moment mattered so much. It’s funny; seldom do you have the luxury of knowing which of these moments will be that one until it is right on top of you.

We’ve all had those pivotal moments in our lives. In my experience they seem to occur in slow motion, every action elongated, every nuance multiplied. There is no time to think in these moments, seemingly so.  I suppose instinct comes into play here, our body has an intelligence all its own and can react before we can….our heart knows…

I  think for the most part at least part of us knows the answer on how to react or not react to life’s little surprises. There is a trust involved and sometimes we don’t trust ourselves when we should.  At least that is what I do. For all my advice and proselytizing regarding listening to one’s inner voice, I have myself at times ignored it and carried on like my conscience was silent… as if my psyche wasn’t speaking to me; whispering glorious and not so glorious truths in those quiet moments of reflection.

There have been times I have buried revelations behind a thick wall of willing indecision, trying to put off the inevitable…there have been plenty of moments lost to fear of misstep, misfortune or just plain falling flat on my face.

And so I hide from these important moments which require the important decisions. Maybe that means I hide from life too. Perhaps I pick the safest moments; the ones that require the least risk.

 

I know what I would say about that…

These are moments I will never get back. I only have so many.  It may be time to take my advice and not just listen but act.

Points to ponder as the moments pass…

Have an excellent day!

Nancy

 

 

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.” 
― Paulo Coelho 

 

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Like a wanton criminal seize the moment. Take it. Make it yours to the fullest. Don’t look back. Yesterday is over and tomorrow has not yet begun, there is no guarantee there will be a tomorrow–neither exist.  There is only now.

 

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33 thoughts on “Moments

  1. Hi Nancy,

    Love the way you ponder on things that mean so little to many people, yet mean so much to others.

    The importance of the moment is vastly under recognised, the past and the future do not exist yet so many live there.

    Enjoying every moment is the biggest gift I have from becoming more spiritual in the last couple years.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    • Hey Steven. Thanks for your comment. I too have grown more spiritual and more appreciative of the moment the last couple years. The wisdom that comes from reflection I suppose. Writing helps it blossom at least for me, I bet you as well. :)

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  2. I wish I could live in the “moment” and act spontaneously, but there always seems to be some sort of interruption! I had to laugh at your words “they seem to occur in slow motion, every action elongated, every nuance multiplied” because I had just written a mail to my sister describing te moment I fell down the garden steps and it was as if everything was happening in slow motion… I had a million thoughts all at once as I rolled down, but the main one was, “hold on to your camera so it won’t get damaged”! LOL! (P.S. No damage done, just a few bruises. And the camera was fine!)

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    • Hey Cathy, I am so glad you are OK. Spontaneous is well and good but not when you are tumbling down stairs. ;) When I make my fortune in whatever I will make my fortune in, I will fly there and take you and a world tour and we can be silly and live in the moment. First stop: Anywhere tropical!

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  3. And some moments we seize and embrace fully. It is hard to conquer that fear and do thar carpe diem kind of thing…to listen to the inner voice.
    I love your words though, in this moment, as human and vulnerable as you are, as this truth is, as we all are. There is this moment too…and just wow. The last lines. Awesome. :)

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    • Hey Niaaeryn, thanks friend. I am a but a mere chicken but If keep at it one day I will become a lion! haha. :) btw, I should probably know this, but what does your name “Niaaeryn” mean? Is it literary? I am showing my ignorance here, but I’m curious. :)

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  4. Dear Nancy, this so beautiful, and so deep. We all wait for those beautiful moments amidst the challenges and daily struggles. Beautiful moments are gifts not challenges, they drive away struggles and bring ease and peace to our journey, seize those moments and capture the lovely feelings they bring so you can make those challenges fade away :)
    Love
    Nadine

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  5. I understand where you’re coming from. I’m putting off some things I should do soon, because I want them to be perfect. But I know, realistically, they won’t be perfect. And I fear that.
    Mistakes WILL happen, Nancy. It’s better to risk and fail, at least some of the time, than to be safe and lose some of the greatest experiences you might have.

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    • I am coming to realize this the older I get Joanne. I have a streak of perfectionism that rears it’s perfectly ugly head frequently. I just have to learn to let go.
      I hope whatever you have been putting off turns out well. I’m sure it will.

      Perfect is boring anyway. Right?

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