Like ether, sprayed intoantique tractor’s carburetor (perhapstoo historic a reference for most readers who’ve never started an old tractor – or felt antique).
Something chemical enters the mind.
A sound, a phrase, an idea.
A thousand times a day we have opportunity, those ‘capture that moment’ moments. How often do we say to ourselves, “I should have written that down”? We’ve witnessed an event in our mind that produces untold opportunities to explore, talk about or write about every drop of thought that springs from that well. So much to squeeze out of it.
Then, poof. Gone. Not a middle-aged moment, just ‘these things are fleeting’. I’ve found keeping pad and pen handy, pad and pen in every room is helpful. Still, I miss so many – because these moments don’t show up when I’m sitting with a pad and pen poised.
They show up. Mid-conversation, mid-meeting, middle-lane in traffic. Middle of night, when I roll over to change posture – that flash of brilliance vanishes immediately when slumber resumes.
This tool we barely understand how to use, our mind, has been with us constantly since birth. We carry it everywhere but we take it for granted. It stores, processes and controls everything in our lives. Every impulse, every breath, every cell – connected.
So here is my question. I know my answer, but I wonder about yours.
Should we look for, grab and use these ‘opportunity moments’ more? Better? More often?
Every chance I get, whenever I get one – not better than sex, but close.