Embracing Life’s Fleeting Moments

Word of the Day — Fleeting

Shadows Pub

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Life is full of fleeting moments of insight, beauty, and awareness, followed by the lesson to release them with grace and cherish their memory. — ShadowsPub

Fleeting comes to us from the Old English “fleotan’ meaning to float or flow. The meaning evolved and now refers to something passing quickly. Think of the droplets of water making up a stream; they pass so quickly we don’t even see them individually.

In the big picture, fleeting can last from a few seconds to a few years. It speaks more to the impermanence of all things. The Buddhist tradition places a strong emphasis on this concept. It teaches that all things are fleeting and transient, including life, sensations and even thoughts.

In the Christian tradition, there’s a focus on the fleeting nature of earthly life in contrast with the eternal afterlife. Christians are encouraged to focus on spiritual values and actions in preparation for the afterlife. You could almost view earthly life as ‘earth school,’ a period in which you learn how to live in spirit.

The most fleeting of moments in life is our relationships with other people. The vast majority of people we meet will only be present in our lives momentarily. It’s the rare friendship that stands the test of time. There are a handful of people in my life who would leave me with the feeling of a hole in my life if they moved on from our friendship.

We all experience this: people moving in and out of our lives. Some will leave a lasting impression, some we’ll learn invaluable lessons from, some those lessons will not be pleasant, and some will come and go with hardly any notice. We take in the moments that matter and then accept they have moved on.

There are many other ways we experience fleeting moments. Spend time in nature, and you soon learn there is a constantly changing experience, even in places you are familiar with. The trees, streams, and meadows will be present, but the wildlife and its interaction will constantly change.

We try to hold onto people, moments and experiences that matter to us. Their impermanent nature means that…

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Shadows Pub

Writer | Publisher — I write what catches my interest. A lot catches my interest. I create books to use. Life is a marathon, set your pace & enjoy the trip.