The Way I Was

Cézanne Instructs Us to Capture Fleeting Moments

“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.

Something else I noticed–the fallen blossoms almost hide the cigarette butt someone dropped.

***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.

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