"Being in the moment is becoming more important
than capturing the moment."
I heard this quote in the middle of a discussion on K-LOVE radio today. The woman was talking about how technology, specifically the use of cameras on our phones, has changed the way we capture moments.
She went on to discuss a wedding she attended and how the guests were using cell phones to take pictures of the bride walking down the aisle. People had pictures out on social media before the bride even said, "I do."
Are we becoming a society who is placing too much importance on being in the moment? Are we becoming a society who wants to be first to let the world know about something? Is our desire to be part of the moment over stretching our boundaries and preventing us from capturing it?
This quote had me thinking about my writing life. As writers, I think we do both. I find myself (especially during the month of March) being more in tune with the moments of my day and paying attention to my world.
I walk around with a metaphorical butterfly net, just watching and waiting.
To use the words from Andy Schoenborn, we "freeze-frame" those moments and stack words to capture them. It's what we do as writers.
We capture the moment while being present in the moment.
Today, go out into the world,
be in the moment,
and capture it.