I took this photo on Boxing Day.
In opposition to a world that seems to revel in an endless stream of photos, George is generally resistant to pictures being taken, especially of himself.
Yet, I still took it. I liked that moment. It was peaceful, simple, tech-free.
I can appreciate George’s perspective though. During a time when we attempt to document everything, sometimes the refreshing and rebellious thing is to simply not snap the shot, to courageously experience the moment without any need for a stamp of validation.
During the Christmas break, we watched the movie ‘Boyhood‘. Have you seen it? The entire movie is a chronicling of moments, random yet telling, of one boy’s life over the course of 12 years.
Snippets. Some of them even lovely rays of light.
Let this photo, this gift of a moment that I was thankfully present enough to notice, be preserved as part of the string of moments that will make up George’s boyhood.
Rays of light that find us. Happiness that we are willing to receive.
2016 has wrapped her arms firmly around us already, hasn’t she?
It is a tentative and uncertain relationship that we have at first with the New Year. We don’t know her yet,
but yet we tend to want to believe that we can mold her and control her.
We forget that her events, her adventures, her surprises, her lessons, her inspirations, her happy and her dark times,
are not yet for us to know.
The best we can do is relax into her arms, trusting in her love and wisdom.
‘Boyhood’ ends with a poignant line,
A girl that Mason, the main character, has just met says to him,
‘You know how everyone’s always saying seize the moment? I don’t know, I’m kinda thinking it’s the other way around. You know, like the moment seizes us.’
May you be seized by innumerable moments and rays of light in 2016. Happy New Year friends!
A reminder that the next PeaceCard workshop will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 7-9pm. It promises to be another lovely evening of connection, play and stillness. Message me for the details if you are interested.