Emily Dickinson said, “Forever is composed of nows.”
What is your reaction to this statement? Do you live in the moment? Are you mired in the past or worrying about the future?
I’ve learned a valuable lesson about the moment from photography. If I want a good sky shot I better run outside with my camera the very instant I see the right light or a unique event in the sky. Sometimes, even when I do that, the moment is gone. It’s fleeting, now is, think about it.
It’s incredible, phenomenal, and completely astonishing to consider that we live on a small blue planet suspended in space. Thanks to gravity we aren’t flying off into orbit. Well, actually, a lot of us are flying around in our own orbits, aren’t we? We expect things to stay the same and we resist change. When life throws a curveball we’re shocked. Why?
We forget. We forget that we are made of swirling molecules. We are fragile. We are here today and gone tomorrow. So what matters? What are your priorities? Are the ways in which you choose to spend your time a reflection of your priorities?
As much as I like to think that I live in the now, I don’t really.
This morning I went with my husband, my youngest daughter and my two favorite neighbors to pick pears, apples and grapes from a friend’s abundant orchard. I could hear the creek rushing by in the background but I couldn’t see it. I meant to bring my camera but I forgot it. (I hate when that happens!) There were many beautiful harvest photo opportunities that I missed but nonetheless it was a perfect day for picking fruit. In the afternoon and well into the evening we canned grape jelly and grape juice. The pears won’t need to be canned but the apples will be canned for pies.
Today I’m lucky to have family, friends and organic fruit. I’m grateful that my back injury is improving enough that I could pick the fruit and carry the boxes and ladders. I’m really lucky I have a husband who likes to can. How awesome is that? Remembering to focus on the things I’m grateful for keeps me in the now.
What keeps you in the now? What are you grateful for today?