The power of a moment

April 2, 2009 | filed under moment of truth, rewritable words | 8 Comments 


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