In the movie Star Trek: Insurrection there is a scene where Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and an alien woman, Ba’Ku, named Anij (Donna Murphy) live in the moment. Because of the Ba’Ku’s long life, they have learned the ability to slow time. Or to live in a moment for a time. Two times in the move, Anij and Picard both slow down time to live in the moment.
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.
I have been thinking a lot lately about living in the moment. Or being happy with what you have now and enjoying it. I am not saying that you can’t dream, but I also think that you need to be happy with what is happening in the moment or the now as well.
I have a cousin that I think does a very good job of living in the now. She is always happy (but her Dad does say that she sometimes has her moments). This cousin has had a hard life, when it comes to medical issues. She has been in and out of hospitals, has had organ transplants, cancer scares, and the list goes on. I have to give her a lot of credit. She is one of the only people I know who if she turned grumpy, and lost her faith in God, people would probably understand. But she is just the opposite. She Loves God, and does everything she can to be like him. And she is one of th most positive and up-beat people I know. Her family has live outside of Utah longer then they have lived in Utah (or at least it seems that way to me), so I am an outsider. Every time I have been around her, she has always been in good spirits. She is an inspiration to me. She is the perfect example of someone who is living in the now. Not living in what was, or what could be, but what is happening now.
When we take road trips as a family, we avoid the Highways. During our recent trip to OK, we bypassed all the big cities, and avoided the interstate as much as possible.and I feel that if we are going to go cross country, that we should see the country, and not see it traveling at a very high rate of speed. And it paid off, we got to see the CO Rocky Mountains, the plains of KS, and the forests of OK. It was worth the extra few hours. Which brings me to my next point. With the completion of the Pioneer Crossing in Lehi and , you now have the option of using a 6 lane road to go from redwood road in to the interstate. I have started using this new road and have been able to cut about 10 minutes off my drive time each way. But I still take some of the back roads before I get on Pioneer Crossing. I have a co-worker that thinks I am crazy because on the average I can save another minute by using redwood road instead of the back roads. Yes, I could maybe save 2 more minutes a day. And yes, that could maybe save ma a days worth of time over a year. But why concentrate on where I am going, when I can concentrate on where I am now. Yes, I could maybe save a couple of minutes a day, but then I would not be able to enjoy the early morning sun on the wheat fields, or the Jordan river as I cross it. I will give up the couple of minutes to be able to keep sight of nature for a little longer.
I have heard the saying that Life is a Journey, Not a Destination. I would have to agree with that, if you spend so much time thinking about your destination, or where you are coming from, you can’t enjoy the now. We need to slow life down a little so instead of zipping past it at high speeds with only the destination in mind, we enjoy the journey and take in the now.