Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Matter of Size

If you are one who refuses to accept as valid the hypothesis that a single moment can inexorably alter one's life forever, then might I ask you to consider this.  Today is November 28.  It was one month ago that Hurricane Sandy arrived here in the State of Concrete Gardens.  Ask someone whose home was obliterated or - worse perhaps - whose entire neighborhood was decimated by the storm whether the concept that you are incapable or unwilling to grasp has any meaning in his or her life. 

The entertainment provided through movies, television and other forms of broadcast media too often clouds the issue.  Its basis for doing so is understandable.  One who is in the business of entertaining another tries to spend as little time as possible in the minutiae of day-to-day life and as much time as possible examining and showcasing life's "Big Moments".  It is not the fault of those in the entertainment business if and when those of us in the audience allow the line between what is real and what is entertainment to become blurred.  It is our responsibility to appreciate the difference between the two.  It is our obligation to keep straight in our heads and in our hearts that although pleasure may be derived from both spheres, it is only the former that actually matters. 

I used to think that the secret to life was understanding that it is not lived in the "big" moments but instead in the accumulation of little moments that comprise our day-to-day.  I know now that such thinking is half-assed.  Moments come "one size fits all".  None is - in and of itself - bigger than another.  It is up to us to infuse the unquantifiable number of moments that shall comprise the sum total of our life with the substance that makes them whatever size they prove to be. 

Who is to say that they cannot all be big? 


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