As my wife and I finished watching "The Orange Girl" (an adaptation of Jostein Gaarder's novel Appelsinpiken) a few minutes ago I saw this right in front of us on our coffee table:
I decided to capture the moment. "Nothing lasts forever. The moment is everything" are two lines from the movie mentioned above. While I was writing these few lines everything changed - an infinite times.
The moment you see on the picture above is gone forever. But the picture proves that it was there - at least for me and at least as long as my memory will be able to (re)construct it. This moment has become a vivid part of my personal story. Like so many others before, it will fade and reappear. When I see the picture, or think of the movie, of my wife or of this sunday afternoon. Maybe I will tell a friend about it or maybe I'll recall it the next time I see a coffee table.
Our lives are full of moments - you know it as well as I do. All that keeps them together are ourselves,
the stories we are. We all seem to be a part of one great story - and we all are adding new lines to it every moment. The difficulty is to be author and main protagonist at the same time. Or putting it more precisely:
Many of us are authors and actors in many different plays which overlap at different parts of their plots
(another thought I might have borrowed from Gaarder but this time all credit goes to Sophie's World ).
No one of course can prove that such a point of view is true. For this, one would have to be able to seize the infinite or in different words: know all the stories told, in the making or yet about to be written. In the end, however, I don't think that it is important whether this metaphor is more or less adequate. What seems to be way more important is the insight you might gain from choosing such a perspective (if only for a while):
do you like your own story? Do you like the stories of others? Which parts do you want to play, for whom and when? Which changes do you desire - which ones you do not?
The transitoriness of every moment leaves you essentially with a choice you have with every breath you take - as Shakespear put it famously: "To be, or not to be, that is the question". We can not escape this question as long as we are alive and part of this world. But we are free to find new answers by choosing new approaches to the question itself. We are free to discover the different faces of life. And we are always free to find consolation in the thought that at the end of our personal story we have enriched the world by our sheer existence.
This is what I believe in and why I choose to be.
At least for the moment.