Golden hours

Published by Lori Pickert on January 15, 2009 at 01:10 AM

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip. — James M. Barrie


Comment by Mary on January 15, 2009 at 01:41 AM

This is so true. It's something that requires us to be intentional in grabbing hold of the golden hours. Sometimes - oftentimes - children have ideas at the most inopportune times. But when we allow them to explore those ideas, truly magical things often happen. How easy to get caught up in ordinary life and miss out on these opportunities.

Comment by Alice on January 15, 2009 at 01:15 PM

It seems to me that there are so many opportunities in our modern lives that we live in constant fear of missing something, yet there is so much that we learn/absorb by simply being.

I spent 20 mins. waiting for my daughter to come out of school today, on a miserable grey day, in a grey school building, watching the rain pour down on the concrete outside the window. It was really magical, watching the rain form great puddles on the uneven ground - the raindrops making a constantly changing pattern of rings. When my daughter came out, she pointed out to me how the rain was forming a waterfall on the downward slope of the driveway. Sure we could have been doing something else - looking at great artwork, travelling in a foreign city, reading literature in the library - but we would have missed this 'golden moment'.

Comment by Jodi aka soNOTcool on January 15, 2009 at 03:43 PM

What a great quote, and a perfect photo to accompany it.

Comment by Lori Pickert on January 15, 2009 at 04:56 PM

yes, when we try too hard to make a perfect moment, a wonderful memory, sometimes we accidentally crush that delicate thing we are grasping for.

it’s when we are relaxed and actually in the moment, with no expectations, that we can fully appreciate the little joys, even as they slip by.

Comment by Alice on January 15, 2009 at 08:33 PM

A friend of mine is a photographer and she told me how she and her photograper boyfriend were watching a magical sunset together - he grabbed his camera and started snapping away, but she chose to just watch it.

I remember that some time ago a famous brand of camera film advertised "a photo not taken is an emotion lost". It's just not so!

Comment by Lori Pickert on January 15, 2009 at 09:44 PM

alice, so true .. we lose the moment trying to capture the moment!

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