Sunday’s Wisdom #320: Enjoy the Moment

“I’m trying to hold my breath
Let it stay this way
Can’t let this moment end.”
– from “Never Enough,” from The Greatest Showman

This is very much in the same vein as last week’s quote, and how appropriate is it for this one to come from a literal song?

I actually don’t like this song all that much. They kind of bungled with the lyrics, if you ask me. I mean, there’s a quick, one-time reference to “without you,” referring to the person the singer loves, but there’s several minute of just belting out how all these worldly things they want will be “never enough for me.” So, it’s like they wanted to go for something loving, but instead it just feels greedy to me. Not my cup of tea.

However, these words, the very beginning of the song, caught on something in my heart.

It’s that feeling, that sense of absolute contentment, of joy, that is found in a peaceful, happy moment. But it’s tinged with just a little sorrow at knowing that, all too soon, this happy moment is going to pass and be gone forever. And life will just go on.

Last week, I talked mostly about accepting that things change, accepting the no moment can last forever, and accepting that life continues on. But now, I want to mention that there is nothing wrong with enjoying the moment while it is here. One simply needs to balance it out, and gracefully move on from the happier moments when they are done. These moments that we sometimes wish we could stop, they are the ones we go through the business of living for. So, yes, it’s perfectly all right to stop and enjoy it.

And when I say, “stop and enjoy it,” I don’t mean “hurry and take a picture of it to share to social media.” I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve wished I had a camera to capture a moment, but if I’d gone to get one, it would have spoiled the very same moment I was enjoying. Some moments are, in fact, too good, and too precious, to ruin with the frantic race to take a picture.

There’s nothing wrong with simply shutting up all the worries and wants and whatever, for a time, at least, and just… enjoying those happy moments when they come along.

It’s like enjoying the best, and our most favorite part, of a song.

Right now, I say this as I am concluding a two-week vacation from work. And boy did I need the break! I have thoroughly enjoyed it, and, to be honest, I really would not mind if I could make my way without ever going back. But, life beckons me from this tranquil note back into the rough and tumble of the world. So I’ll enjoy my last day off, and then I will get up and get back to work, get back to all the other things of living, both the good and the bad.

Such is the music of life.

Enjoy the good moments.

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