A Moment In Time

I am a collector of moments in time. I try to be present in all that I do so that when something special happens I can capture it and lock it away inside that place where the most important things of my life are filed.  By the time August is finished I will have buried my grandfather, watched my sister get married and moved out of the first house I owned. And I will have done it all in less than 30 days.

By the time August ends I will have taken a running leap at a new beginning and a future full of possibility. I’ll have spent hours worrying about my children and wondering which door offers the best opportunities for the future. By the time August is done I’ll have asked the Magic 8 Ball for help making decisions that are huge with the knowledge that it is impossible to predict what will happen. There is really no way to know without taking that first step so  I’ll shrug my shoulder and remember that life is a journey and this is just another step.

By the time August has ended the kids will be back in school and I’ll have made most if not all of the hard decisions that need to be made and then I’ll wait, watch and see. By the time August has ended I’ll have collected many more memories and moments in time and it will have been up to me to make sure that there are more smiles than frowns.

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18 Comments

  1. TheJackB August 20, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    @subWOW Thanks! I expect that things will work out not just because they always do but because I’ll help make sure that they go as they should.

  2. TheJackB August 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    @LogyExpress The best part and worst part of blogging is that I have gotten to be far more active at documenting things. Consequently I have made a serious effort to put down the pen and live the moments.

  3. subWOW August 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Mental snapshots. I like that. I should pay more attention really.

    I am sorry for your loss. Congratulations on your sister’s marriage. And good luck with all the decisions you will make/have made.

  4. LogyExpress August 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I’m very good at documenting things, sometimes too good. Like I’m too busy documenting the things to enjoy living them. I could definitely work on being more present. Good luck with the upcoming decisions.

  5. TheJackB August 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    @ExtremelyAvg There is a lot of time left in the month-more than enough for those moments to come to you, or so I hope.

  6. TheJackB August 19, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    @bdorman264 Right back atcha Mr. Dorman.

  7. ExtremelyAvg August 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I should do a better job of taking ‘mental snap shots’ of my points in life. Sometimes I go outside and feel wonderful, for no particular reason, just the right breeze in my face or cloudless night. I’m not sure what the rest of August will bring me, but I’m sure sure that if I try harder, I can make the most of it.

  8. bdorman264 August 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Very compelling sir and good vid to accompany it; here’s to moments in time for you brother.

  9. TheJackB August 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    @SeattleDad The little moments fill the gaps and bring more hope and joy than I cand describe, or at least they do for me.

  10. TheJackB August 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    @Biebert Those memories are beautiful and simply wonderful.

  11. SeattleDad August 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    It really is all about the little moments, isn’t it. Thanks for sharing that video, I’ve seen it a couple of times and it is one of my recent favorties.

  12. Biebert August 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I’m the same way with memories. I covet them.

    Great post Jack!

  13. TheJackB August 18, 2011 at 7:37 am

    @ExpertVagabond Thanks! With a little effort things tend to sort themselves out.

  14. TheJackB August 18, 2011 at 7:36 am

    @John Garrett Hi John. I hear you. I usually want a cup of coffee and a shower before I start “thinking.” Glad you enjoyed the post- that video always gets me.

  15. TheJackB August 18, 2011 at 7:34 am

    @BetsyKCross Hi Betsy. I have to remind myself to try and do that daily. There is so much “crap” and “junk” to filter through- but I have found that if I keep my focus on the positive life feels better.

  16. ExpertVagabond August 18, 2011 at 7:34 am

    That’s a lot of big events to deal with in one month! Good luck.

  17. John Garrett August 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Very early in the morning (for me) to be this thoughtful and introspective 🙂

    Will no doubt be considering the words and video images for days to come. Thanks, Jack!

  18. BetsyKCross August 18, 2011 at 1:37 am

    “it will have been up to me to make sure that there are more smiles than frowns.”

    I’m using that line as a lesson for me personally today!!

    Thanks Jack!

    Betsy

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