I have a small container filled with random odds and ends; stupid things, that all have a special memory attached.
An empty pack of gum, a broken charm, a torn piece of paper.
But…., I have learned the art of collecting moments and not things.
The first thing people want to do is to take pictures. I’m not a fan of pictures and pictures feel like they take me out of the moment. And don’t we all have so many pictures that they become common. And with a picture, besides what you see, it is hard to really feel the moment.
But if I collect a moment just right. I can run through a virtual slideshow in my mind if the wind catches me right, or the sun warms me a certain way, or especially a smell that brings me right back to those moments I have so cautiously saved.
Moments can be captured infinitely in our mind.
When you want to capture a moment do these things:
- Realize that you are in a moment that you want to capture. If you are with a loved one, or aced a job interview, or saw the Grand Canyon; whatever that moment is for you: recognize it.
- Next, take the time to become aware of everything in that moment. The sun, the birds, the smells, the sounds. Become hyper aware of it all as if you have been frozen there.
- Lastly, and it may seem weird but close your eyes and breathe deeply to fully absorb that moment, creating a marker in your mind that this moment is worth saving.
Besides a superficial memory of events, the senses that you saved will remain with you. And once you learn how to capture a moment, those collected senses will constantly remind you when you least expect it.