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The power of a moment



The other day, I read “the greatest mistake that you can make is to be afraid of making one.”

This very moment, right now, excites me. Its power is so dynamic and immense.

If you don’t like something, change it. If your thoughts don’t serve you, change them. If the shoe doesn’t fit, find another.

There’s so much power in a moment. It’s potential energy ready to transform into kinetic energy at our will, whenever we decide to take action.

We’re trained to live passive lives like they’re something to aspire to. Don’t reach for passivity and mediocrity; if nothing else, fail to it.

For me, part of finding the good is understanding the power of a moment. Knowing that it doesn’t last forever. If it’s painful, it’ll be over soon. If it’s enjoyable, know that you should cherish it because it, too, will expire. We live in the eternal moment of now. The future is now. Einstein told us that “everything you can imagine is real.” So imagine. Dream. Experience. Celebrate. Move in the direction you want to go in. Don’t resist change; that’s constant.

Start your action now.

“The secret of the creative life is often to feel at ease with your own embarrassment. We are paid to take risks, to look silly. Some people, like racing car drivers are paid to take risks in a more concrete way. We are paid to take risks in an emotional way.

The film critic is like a medical examiner. He gets the cadaver on the table, he opens it up, and tries to figure out why it died. The filmmaker is like the pregnant mother who is simply trying to nurture this thing. You have to keep the medical examiner out of the delivery room because he will get in there and he will kill that baby.”

– Paul Schrader, interviewed by Terry Gross, Fresh Air

8 Responses to The power of a moment

  1. very true. harder in action, but true as the rising sun.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes I almost hinder myself from doing new things because I’m afraid of the outcome or of trying something new but I’ve definitely gotten better with that. We learn from mistakes – the only problem is when people keep making the same mistake but by then it’s not even a “mistake” anymore because you’re aware of what you’re doing.

  3. Hey, I agree with what you said, but I have a question. What if in living for the moment we forget about the future?

    It is certainly true that living in the moment is much more productive than living waiting for the future, but should we forget about it?

  4. Josh, living for the moment doesn’t necessarily have to exclude the future, but one shouldn’t live in the future, lest there be a perpetual dissatisfaction because the fulfillment of now will never reveal itself to a person stuck either in the future or the past. Living in the moment is a very active thing that involves appreciating now as it’s happening, but also for the power it has to shape the future. If you have plans that keep getting put off into the elusive “later”, do it now.

    We can prep for the future now because it’s silly to act so much in the moment that there’s wreckless abandon for the future. The power of now is appreciating the very moment that exists as you inhale while reading this message, or as you hang out with friends, play with a young child, spend time with your grandparents. It’s so easy to be present and not present at the same time. Being present is now. Choosing not to put of until the future is now.

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  6. what is that called, when you repeat a process over and over and over again, expecting different results??? Insanity??

  7. Wonderful posting! It has elements of the Principles of Agile software development, it has elements of the movie “Yes!”

    “Perfect is the enemy of good enough!” –unknown.

    Thinking about it without execution keeps your dreams a dream.

    I’m with you 100%!

  8. i agree with the idea, present moment justify future because if it is wasted even future is wasted, should you fumble with the great misfortune is not avoidable, likening this to education he who studies hard obviously succeed unlike those who whittle their time away doing nothing.

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