It is around fleeting moments that the entire world or a life, can pivot. In retrospect we may be able to see them. But by the time we are retrospective the moment has long passed. What might have been, cannot now be. The significance of fleeting moments can be severely underestimated. We may place that last straw on the camel’s back, unaware that we are doing this. There could be those few seconds in which we could have plucked up courage, but failed to do so. We might make a Petrine denial so as to avoid something. Sometimes we notice the instant a fleeting moment has passed and rue the day. Other times we feel justified in letting a moment pass. Most often we are too asleep, too distracted, or our head is so far up our own arse that we do not sense an incoming fleeting moment, maybe we just don’t want to see them. If we take life for granted, we squander fleeting moments. There is not some chap with a big sign, upon which there is hand pointing to the moment which says; “this is really important”. Many of these fleeting moments are subtle and nuanced. Some fleeting moments pertain entirely to The Spirit and in those our natures are tested by the universe.
Advertisers tell us; “don’t miss out on this deal”. Many like a bargain and a “buy one get one free”. These are not really fleeting moments, they are the artifice of marketing. People pay more attention to these than the real fleeting moments. In business people speak of opportunity and a good salesman can sniff a potential lead like a thirsty man in the desert smells water. But not all opportunities are obvious and many look like hard work. If you are a pushy salesman type, you may be attuned to only one general type of opportunity. Many are just under our noses and these are the hardest to see, it seems.
Fleeting moments can be like an aperture in space-time, they are only open for a while, beyond them lies a whole new range of possibilities. Unless one steps through the aperture, it closes, perhaps never to open again. These moments are fleeting and short.
The only way to appreciate all those fleeting moments is to be fully present in the now. If you blunder through life like an amphetamine fuelled bull in a china shop, you will smash the delicate porcelain of these moments, willy-nilly. To see a fleeting moment, one has to be awake, and not dozing. If one is raging, one is more than a little blind. The red mist has you.
It is out of fleeting moments that the Eternal Now is constructed or made. That is the awareness sees fleeting moments blending softly into each other, fully aware, the potential significance of each is weighted. Then live, in the now, one must decide, choose and act. For at each fleeting moment there is choice, life is a step-wise continuum of choices, always. The more awake and present you are, the more conscious you become about instantaneous choice of action. Life is a summation of fleeting moments, a sum and not yet quite an integral. The more aware you are, the more integrated you become and life flows better. It is not quite so step-function and jerky. The more awake you are the less likely it is that you behave like a jerk.
It is the active ongoing sum of all fleeting moments which makes the Eternal Now.