As part of ‘matinée allowance’ which you can read about here, last night I cosied up on the sofa with my husband to watch the romantic comedy ‘About Time.’ I completely missed this movie when it came out as at the time we were living in Hamburg in Germany.
In it, the main character Tim Lake finds that he can travel in time. As the movie progresses it turns out to be much more than a romantic comedy as Tim learns through his time travels to appreciate the moments he has as he is having them.
This theme reminds me of the theme of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ where George Bailey travels with the help of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, Angel 2nd Class to see what his hometown and the lives of those he loves would have been like had he never been born.
Tim Lake has a heart-stopping moment where he returns to his every day to find that his little daughter Posy was not born and instead he has a boy. He learns that by playing with time he has lost something incredibly special to him. Tim also learns to appreciate every moment he has with all those that he loves.
George Bailey is about to commit suicide because of a company downfall and financial loss. Clarence helps him to see the incredible impact his one life has had by taking him to scenes of the past where the impact he had was important and consequential.
What if you couldn’t have this moment?
What if you couldn’t have this day?
What if you didn’t have your identity?
What if you couldn’t watch them as they sleep?
What if you are needed for the great things you are to do?
What if you are needed for the great things you have done?
What if you are destined to lead something worth leading?
What if you save another from doubt and fear?
What if your combination of talents is just what is required?
What if you will never have this one moment again? (you won’t)
What if this time of difficulty was required for something great that was to come?
What if your life touched others in ways that you are not even aware of?
What if you allowed yourself to appreciate the preciousness of your life?
You have this moment. It’s yours to claim. It’s yours to watch in awe and if you wish to catalogue in your memory as a one that you fully felt, fully valued and fully experienced.