You’ve got stuck in a moment
And now you can’t get out of it
Don’t say that later will be better
Now you’re stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of it”
– U2, Stuck in a Moment
In my last blog I was musing about managing our thinking time which got me thinking about time in general. Lately I’ve had many reminders of how the moments in our lives are so finite and as such, they can change in a…moment.
This can work both ways, which I’ve learned for better and for worse. When things aren’t going well we can feel stuck (a la Bono) and are unable to see when or how or if things will change. But they always do. Whether it’s a phone call, an introduction, or simply a change in our attitudes or perceptions something steers our mental compass in a new direction.
The reverse is also true. When things are on the up and up, it’s easy to get comfortable and assume we have some entitlement to be happy and healthy. But who says? I don’t mean to be a downer but there is no universal rule that promises us good times or our money back. You know that feeling when you’re sick, sore and/or simply miserable and you would do anything to feel good again? We should all remember that feeling when we’re on a high, not just on the low. It would make us that much more appreciative.
Being the math geek that I am, I once charted this out as a reminder to myself. It goes something like this:
Sometimes when we’re at A, we’re wishing we could be at C. (Wouldn’t that be grand?) But all it takes is being at B for just a moment to make you wish you could get back to A — asap! As they say, it’s all relative. And the point is that it’s always changing so it’s about knowing which moment you’re in, appreciating it for what it is, and knowing that it will likely change…in a moment.