I watched a movie on the weekend. I won’t tell you which one, as many of you will probably see it.
There was a scene in the movie where the mother character cries, saying her life has been a series of events – weddings, births, birthdays, graduations. And now that her oldest child was grown up all she had to look forward to was her funeral. She wondered – is this all there is??? Isn’t there more??
Opposing this is her son – out in the desert, enjoying the beauty of nature (and a hash brownie), hit with the epiphany that the moments choose you.
I don’t buy into either of these perspectives. My own journey has brought to me the realization that it is NOT the big moments – the births, the weddings, the glorious sunrise on an isolated peak – that matter. It is the constant small moments. The sleeping child. The fresh cup of coffee. The kind cashier at the grocery store who smiles at you and makes the day a little brighter. Those are what life is about. That is where happiness lies. We just need to be aware enough to see them.
Sobriety has brought these moments into sight for me. If I wait for BIG MOMENTS, I am missing all the time in between.
Stillness and Peace