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the simple life

"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sunday, January 15, 2006

A perfect moment

A perfect moment, in my view, is a point in time, where you'll remember for the rest of your life for its sweetness, fulfillment and perfect timing.

I found an example of a perfect moment in an article on text messages by the Washington Post:

Text-based intimacy went on display during a recent Bon Jovi concert at the MCI Center, when Sprint Nextel Corp. invited the audience to send in text messages, which then scrolled across a gigantic screen behind the stage, including proclamations of love, birthday shout-outs and even several marriage proposals.

Robert Helsel III and his two sisters high-fived when their text message to their baby brother lit up the screen: "Todd helsel here in our harts."

"In June 2002 our little brother was killed in a car accident," said Helsel, an Elkton resident. Todd was 18 and a week shy of his high school graduation. "We grew up on Bon Jovi. We've always been huge fans; we always wanted to see Bon Jovi before we died," Helsel said over the din of the crowd. Seeing Todd's name appear over the stage was a kind of fulfillment of that, he said. "It was like closure. It just made it feel like he was right there with us."

Sadly, perfect moments have close association with pain, with evil, with suffering. Fortunately, perfect moments resolve. They bring closure, understanding and hope.

Truly, without suffering, there can be no joy. Without evil, there can be no justice. Without pain, there can be no comfort.

And without hope, life is not worth living.


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