No, it’s not the title of one of those mellow, instrumental CD’s that are sold mostly to adult women to listen to in the bathtub while surrounded by candles. I’m talking about those perfect moments in life that can’t be created, but simply happen on their own now and then. I was thinking about it the other day, how few of these moments we actually have in life. It’s a shame really that we can’t experience moments like this more often, but I guess if we did, it would take some of the specialness out of them.
Now some people might consider their first kiss or the birth of their children perfect moment, and while they are special times, they are not in fact perfect moments simply because they are stressful. A perfect moment is one in which you are completely relaxed, completely at peace and feeling at one with everything around you without actually thinking about any of it. When I describe a few of these moments that I’ve experienced, I think you’ll understand what I mean.
The first one I can remember having, and I’ve had several of these throughout my life, was during a power outage caused by a severe thunderstorm. We never really notice the background noise around us in our daily lives until we suddenly realize it’s not there anymore. Computers, refrigerators, heating and air conditioning systems, fans and a variety of other sounds all mesh into a blur of background noise that fill our daily lives. At night though, when there’s a raging thunderstorm tearing apart the skies while the rain is being driven down hard by the winds and pounds against your windows with a rhythm that swells and fades with each passing gust, a power outage simply completes the moment. The storm becomes the only background noise and it allows you to lose yourself as you sit silently, not really thinking about anything, while yet at the same time feeling as though you are one with everything. You become a part of the moment, feeling everything, yet thinking nothing.
Another perfect moment I’ve experienced, I never actually experienced until we moved here to Idaho. See, it basically never snowed in Northern California, where I was born and raised. I never really experienced heavy, sticking snow until we moved here. One of my favorite experiences is to go outside at about 2 or 3 a.m. to stand on the deck when we have weather like that. The snow is on the ground, the ice crystals in the atmosphere create a haze that is lit by the city lights, which makes the entire scene light up to levels that are usually not seen until just before dawn, and the traffic is non-existent, hence…no extraneous noise to ruin the scene. Everything is utterly silent and still, and again, this is one of those moments when you feel at one with everything. There’s no wind, no background noise, just a perfect stillness, and as it is with the storm related power outage, you just simply stand there and become a part of the scene, not thinking about anything and completely lose yourself in the moment.
The ocean has created many perfect moments for me as well. Back in California, we lived about a half hour’s drive from the coast, so I used to go out there once in a while at night just to relax. The hypnotic effects of driving along the winding coast road led eventually to my perfect moment on the beach with nothing and no one around me. I would sit, listening to the waves crash over and over against the shoreline as the heavily misted wind blew against my face. My coat was my only shield against the elements. My spine would tighten and my whole body would tingle as the chill of the night infested my very soul, and yet I was at one, once again, with everything. All of my thoughts would fade and, for a time, I could simply just “be”.
There are many other moments like these, and everyone I’m sure has had them from time to time, and yet, so many of you probably don’t even realize it, or appreciate these moments for what they are. The world isn’t going anywhere, and in the grand scheme of the universe, our lives and our problems mean virtually nothing. So when you find yourself experiencing a moment like these, let everything else slip away and simply enjoy it for what it is. We have so few moments like these in our lives, to throw them away out of a morbid preoccupation with our petty day to day problems is just sad. Grab on to these moments and cherish them, for they are few and far between, and every one that is missed, diminishes our lives in ways that are simply immeasurable.(Current Mood: thoughtful)