I recently enjoyed a “sweet-spot” movie with my boys. To me, a sweet-spot movie tells a story rich in plot with a touch of romance, plus enough action and/or science-fiction to keep the boys from bolting each time the love story stuff shows up. The movie we watched? The Time Traveler’s Wife, based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger.
There’s a secondary characteristic of such a movie: when my kids initiate conversation at the end, rather than make a sharp-beeline exit for the door. This tells me their interest was held and their curiosity lingered past the credits. In short, they stopped to think.
And so did I.
After our time travel movie and conversation, I walked away wondering…aren’t we all time travelers? I mean, how often do our minds stay put, in the here and now? Am I not constantly remembering myriad things from the past (my children’s first steps, the day we picked out Libby and brought her home, full of fleas and sweetness, the vacation everyone bickered through, but now remembers fondly), or reaching for dreams yet to be — seeing my boys grown and in excellent health, living abundant lives, filled with their greatest joys and happiness?
Constant Time Travel
Jumping big jumps, bounding far forward, leaping back, occasionally at speeds unseen, at other times with a hang-time that only suspended-gravity could support. Past and future. Future and past. My mind bounces back and forth, time traveling in an instant, briefly stopping in the Land-of-What-IS long enough to gain stable footing before I ride off again, perhaps on the back of a sleek, black horse, no saddle beneath me.
How Often Do You Time Travel?
How often do you time travel? As you just saw, I do it a lot. My hope is that when you leap to the past, you are remembering experiences that allow you to grow more into the magnificent being you were put on this Earth to become — your blossom. That you are feeling past love more deeply or remembering the hurt that was, knowing it is no longer What IS in your present — that you are stronger for it. And when you bound into the future, my hope is that you are co-creating with the Divine for all that serves your higher good and the higher good of those around you.
You, my friend, are an extraordinary time traveler. You are a leaping beauty. Use your powers wisely, striking balance between jumping to the past, leaping to the future, and feeling the strong, steady earth that is now underfoot, in the present. Believe you (and your mind), are precisely where you are meant to be. Trust yourself.
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