One Moment In Time*

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Pebble beach, Presqu’ile Bay moment. #PresquilePP

Give me one moment in time, when I’m more than I thought I could be.

My life is a convergence of moments and many have demanded more of me than I thought I could be. In those instants I’ve been challenged to learn, to adapt, to understand, to cope, to mature in thought and to amplify the scope of my imagination.

Moment. Instant. Second. Jiffy. Heartbeat. The tiniest fragment of time, frozen by a camera, has the power to provoke, amuse, inspire, awe and soothe, helping us remember the tiniest details long after the day has ended and our recollections have faded.

I want one moment in time…

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Autumn leaves moment. #PaxtonDrive #PresquilePP

Last weekend I was – unexpectedly – not needed at the hospital on Saturday, a day when the autumn weather could not possibly have been better; sunny, mild and with the gentlest of zephyrs stirring the leaves.  We hastily packed the very sketchiest of picnic lunches and set off for our #SundayFunday #ADayEarly (new hashtag?) at Presqu’ile. Oh, dear readers, there was an abundance of ethereal moments, some of which I’ve shared in this post.

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Most vibrant wildflower moment. #PresquilePP

Presqu’ile Provincial Park is a very special place for me; it has been the cornerstone for several recoveries and then for maintaining good physical, mental and spiritual health. It is personally appealing because of the spectrum of beautiful moments and memories it has proffered.

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Playful squirrel moment. #PresquilePP

Minute fractions of time, documented with my Nikon and cherished in my memory bank.  Within every exceptional moment, there is stillness, quiet and beauty; a serenity that is truly beautiful and full of promise. But what of them?  Why are they so important to me?

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Cutest wee bums moment. #PresquilePP

A virtual album of exquisite moments is an uplifting, curative, calming and comforting tonic, an essence that can reliably be seized as and when needed. A happy place.

Visual imagery is a proven, effective and chemical-free method of controlling pain.  Many of my Presqu’ile moments are the vignettes of my happy place.

Then in that one moment of time, I will be, I will be, I will be free.

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Dragonfly moment. #PresquilePP

When I am in the hospital and a 17 gauge needle is being rammed into my arm, or when the pain is not only on the attack but seems to be winning, I am usually able to overcome by going to my happy place where I am free.  This is why these moments are personally meaningful and essential.

Just like athletics, the efficacy of one’s happy place is developed and strengthened with practice.  Improvement happens by meeting the chosen scenes over and over again in one’s mind.  In my case, many images were auditioned and discarded because they weren’t sufficiently compelling to work as the ultimate distraction.

Now, though, when my pain mounts, when I need those moments, they’re always there, waiting in the margins of my consciousness, and I’m able to draw on those near-perfect instants for relief.

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Swan moment. #PresquilePP

As a wildlife photographer an attentive eye is essential, which forces me to be completely present in each moment – studying and capturing whatever appears.**  These precious memories are stored, catalogued and processed in a data base rather than printed and pressed between the pages of albums.  Moments glorified the only way I know – with my lens and my memory.

Funny thing, though; the better the experience, the less likely I am to capture it (am too busy watching, savouring) but when I do remember to shoot those moments I, most selfishly, almost never share them. Moments like those feel intimate, private.

These day’s we seem to be swimming in a sea of thousands of exquisite memories – our own and those shared by others – so which are art, which are commercially viable, and which are nonsensical snapshots.? Which moments achieve exalted status, are sacred to us – worthy of cleaving to our souls?  Which are the other kind – communal, meant to be shared?

Each day I live, I want to be a day to give the best of me.

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Presqu’ile Bay moment. #PresquilePP

The truth is that my joy arises from my experiences, from being alert and aware in each moment, absorbing everything it has to offer. That joy is always amplified by sharing the results of my good fortune, and knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that it was a moment that was gifted to me but meant to be shared.

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Presqu’ile Bay moment. #PresquilePP

These moments might drift away, vanish forever were it not for a camera and a photographer and if anything is worthy of savouring, sharing, of exposing to the sunshine, it is an illustration of such an exquisite time – that very moment of that very day. A day to give the best of me – a lesson I will do well to remember!

My finest day is yet unknown.

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Mallard moment. #PresquilePP

Moments are my specialty. I capture thousands of them every year – with my camera and with my memory. My reaction to each experience not only informs my present but significantly colours many elements of my future. They are as necessary to me as the air I breathe and the food I eat.

You’re a winner for a lifetime if you seize that one moment in time.

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He and she dragonfly moment. #PresquilePP

’Til next time, y’all…

**#MyBlogSchool – Module #7, five minute writing assignment:  Craft a single sentence.  This was mine.

*One Moment in Time.  Songwriters: Albert L. Hammond and John Bettis.  Recording artist:  Whitney Houston.  To listen to this beautiful song (and I hope you do), please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c84ogrNEds0

Ms. Houston’s hit song – originally written and recorded as a hymn for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea – could well be my personal anthem.  July 2018 was the thirtieth anniversary of its release (30th!!!!!!!!) yet it is every bit as lovely and as relevant today.  These are the lyrics:

One Moment In Time

Each day I live
I want to be
A day to give
The best of me.
I’m only one
But not alone
My finest day
Is yet unknown.

I broke my heart
Fought every gain.
To taste the sweet
I face the pain.
I rise and fall
Yet through it all
This much remains:

I want one moment in time,
When I’m more than I thought I could be,
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me.
Give me one moment in time,
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel, I will feel eternity.

I’ve lived to be
The very best.
I want it all,
No time for less.
I’ve laid the plans
Now lay the chance
Here in my hands.

Give me one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be,
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me.
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny.
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel, I will feel eternity.

You’re a winner for a lifetime
If you seize that one moment in time,
Make it shine.

Give me one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be,
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me.
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will be, I will be, I will be free.
I will be, I will be free.

 

One thought on “One Moment In Time*

  1. I immediately like the title, Pamela. This is all we truly every have “One moment in time.” You really capture the essence of taking the photo with a camera. Our family has been using the term “Sunday Funday.” A perfect day open to possibility. I love all of the photos of your happy place. I am sorry you are dealing with hospital visits and pain. I love how you write about a moment gifted to you and meant to be shared. Thank you for sharing your moments:) I also love how Ms. Houston sang all of her songs. She shared her emotions with us:)

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