“Right now a moment of time is fleeting by. Capture its reality … To do that we must put all else out of our minds. We must become that moment, make ourselves a sensitive recording plate…give the image of what we actually see, forgetting everything that has been before our time.” Cézanne***
Observing and appreciating fleeting moments is one way of saying yes to life,
despite everything, yes.
I’ve decided to make a habit of capturing these moments.
Today I took my camera outside (because walking with my camera forces me to see). I’ve discovered that Seeing the beautiful world, helps:
When I notice the particular shape, color, size of something–a bird’s nest, an oil painter’s interpretation of light shimmering on water, a child singing, a poem about a host of daffodils, how redbud blossoms grow right out through the bark and how they cluster in threes–I see regeneration, growth, creation. It inspires awe,
and I momentarily forget myself.
***I found the Cézanne quote in the introduction to A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry, edited and with an introduction by Czeslaw Milosz.