This morning as is my habit before leaving for work, I invited Nelly the dog to go outside one more time. I recall encouraging her to venture out into the yard with me toward one of the garden beds saying “Let’s see what’s new.” As I said the words aloud I realized that there is always something new – especially at this time of the year. Several days ago I trimmed some dead residual stems from a plant in the garden along my rock wall. At that time there were signs of new sprouts, not yet unfurled, close to the ground, so I had to be careful not to clip them. I think that was on Monday or Tuesday. Today is Thursday and today when I came home from work I noticed that these “sprouts” now stood 10-12 inches tall and were revealing their delicate pink blooms. I wish I could tell you the name of the plant but I cannot. Tomorrow I will snap a picture, post it on Facebook and see if the gal from whose garden I believe it came, can name it (so stay tuned). It is indeed easy to see each day at this time of year, what is new in the world around us. But the same is true all year long. Some seasons we may need to look a little harder.
As I was eating my lunch this afternoon someone in the office handed me a mini brochure with photographs of Jerusalem. The pictures were interesting but the commentary more so. The photographer was experimenting and learning how to take digital photos that could then become multi-image panoramas. He wrote about his technique of shooting numerous overlapping images and then “stitching” them together to create a seamless panorama. (This is not something I anticipate trying to learn in my upcoming free time but it’s interesting to read about.) He writes “As I began to experiment with this technique, I noticed that people would appear as many as three or four times in the panoramas due to their walking through the scene as I was shooting the overlapping images…It seemed to me, at first, that this presented an image of past, present and future, all at the same time...As we ordinarily think about time, it is a truism that time passes. Time is transient. Viewed in this way, one might argue that there is no present. As soon as we perceive the present, it is past. The present has no duration. In [one of my panoramic images]…the man in the yellow shirt appears three times. Which is past, which is present, and which is future? Are they all past because it is a recorded photograph?”
I was drawn in by this discussion of time and past, present and future. In our fast paced world – which speeds up almost day by day – the lines between them blur. So I am happy to have called to mind today the concept of “precious moments” – they can be in our past, our present (of whatever duration!), and in our dreams of and for the future.
Treasure them whenever they interrupt your life :-)