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Monday, December 29, 2008

Time Stand Still in Perfect Moments

Time Stand Still in Perfect Moments

Artist: Rush ~ Song: Time Stand Still ~ Album: Hold Your Fire
I turn my back to the wind ~ To catch my breath ~ Before I start off again. ~ Driven on without a moment to spend ~ To pass an evening with a drink and a friend I let my skin get too thin ~ I'd like to pause ~ No matter what I pretend ~ Like some pilgrim ~ Who learns to transcend ~ Learns to live as if each step was the end ~(Time stand still) ~ I'm not looking back ~ But I want to look around me now~ (Time stand still) ~ See more of the people and the places that surround me now ~ Freeze this moment a little bit longer ~ Make each sensation a little bit stronger ~ Experience slips away ~ Experience slips away ~ I turn my face to the sun ~ Close my eyes ~ Let my defenses down ~ All those wounds that I can't get unwound ~ I let my past go too fast ~ No time to pause ~ If I could slow it all down ~ Like some captain, whose ship runs aground ~ I can wait until the tide comes around ~ (Time stand still) ~ I'm not looking back ~ But I want to look around me now ~ (Time stand still) ~ See more of the people and the places that surround me now ~ Freeze this moment a little bit longer ~ Make each impression a little bit stronger ~ Freeze this motion a little bit longer ~ The innocence slips away ~ The innocence slips away... ~ Summer's going fast, nights growing colder ~ Children growing up, old friends growing older ~ Freeze this moment a little bit longer ~ Make each impression a little bit stronger ~ Experience slips away ~ Experience slips away... ~ The innocence slips away


This past weekend one of the movie channels we have did an 80’s movie marathon and it got me thinking about memories of the past – how I met my husband in the early 80’s; learned to play the flute, sax and piano; solidified my dream of becoming a writer... I planned on doing this blog about a stroll down 80’s lane since I’m a child of that era ~ one who loved the new wave music and heavy metal hair bands, but then we popped in a DVD and watched the movie Star Trek: Insurrection. A bit of script caught my ear:
Anij: Have you ever experienced, a perfect moment in time?
Captain Picard: A perfect moment?
Anij: When time seemed to stop, and you could almost live, in that moment.
Captain Picard: Seeing my home planet from space, for the first time.
Anij: Yes. Exactly. Nothing more complicated than perception.
Anij: ...We've discovered that a single moment in time can be a universe in itself, full of powerful forces. Most people aren't aware enough of the now to even notice.
(quote found on:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120844/quotes)
So then I decided to do this blog about perfect moments in time and ask – have you had any?
Me? I’ve had a few actually. The first that came to mind was when I was in Germany ~ traveled there with a study abroad group in the early 90’s. It was night time and I was up on the roof of the dormitory (there was an outdoor patio and indoor TV area up there) standing outside and listening to Rush on my Walkman. As I gazed at the stars above, the street lights below and fireworks in the distance, Time Stand Still played through my headphones. (I wrote in my journal that Time Stand Still would be the theme song of my trip abroad.) It was a beautiful evening, enhanced by a wonderful song, and I could have stayed in that peaceful point of time forever. The next instance I remembered was when a group of us were in the dormitory bar, playing cards, drinking German beer, and listening to Rush. I was in foreign country, had my beer and cigarettes, my favorite music played in the background and very content and happy I thought, “Ah, what more could a young person want.” I also had a moment when a friend and I went to Milan for the weekend. We had a balcony off the room we rented and it was lovely sitting out there in the late afternoon, sharing a bottle of wine and looking out over the red roofs of the city. Then this past summer I experienced another moment. My husband (whom I’ll have been married to 15 years on Jan 15th), sisters and I were out on the back deck of the cruise ship watching a golden sunset over the water. It was so nice to witness it with people, true friends, who love, understand and accept me no matter what state my attitude, mood or health status might be in. I was relaxed and not worried about anything. We were the only ones on the patio at that time. Being with them in the calm and quiet of nature for me was a perfect moment and for a few minutes I believe time did stand still for us.

Here’s to 2009. May it be better than 2008 and may you all have perfect moments in which time stands still.

2 comments:

AP Miller said...

That was simply beautiful CR...

I had several moments like that...first of all when all three of my children were born. The first time you hold them and look into their tiny little faces. Your breath solidifies.

The other times were when my two female dogs had their puppies and I was the midwife. There is nothing like watching the birth and holding a tiny little pup in your hands...

Lynn Crain said...

Very interesting. I love the idea of a perfect moment in time.

Lynn

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