Are there some images
fixed in your mind,
a photo-catalogue of the imagination,
of events that had significance
in your life?
Those split seconds
where you noticed something amazing,
in which everything was changed irrevocably?
The instant in which something
changed your life completely:
everything once whole was broken
or everything broken restored to wholeness
The moment a birth changed you
from just a person to "parent,"
the Moon Landing,
the days in which Space Shuttles exploded
either coming or going,
a horror that was replayed in video
over and over again until you were numb
but the images were indelibly impressed in your psyche?
the assassination of political leaders
(JFK, Bobby, MLK, Benazir Bhutto)
a first kiss
news about the death of someone close to you
a marriage proposal
catching site of the Eiffel Tower for the first time
knowing FOR CERTAIN
that your prayers have been heard and answered
even if in ways you never anticipated
It seems like our lives are full of touchpoints ,
moments in which we take it all in,
instances in which we're fully present to wonder or horror,
no more important cosmically perhaps
than any other moment
except for the meaning we ascribe to certain ones.
What's in your memory bank?