Screen Captures


At work, we take a lot of screen captures: proof that we received this or sent that.  ‘Too bad these precious snippets, frozen in time forever, are merely emails regarding serial numbers.

Yesterday, I took an hour and typed the relevant diary entries from ’74—(which is about how many there were).  Now that’s what I call snippets!  (But that’s for another post).

After doing that I ran an errand—and I’m not kidding: it was the strangest phenomenon!  Cruising the same road I drove in high school, my little hands at 10 and 2 on the wheel, I was right there—in sophomore year!  I even felt shorter (if that’s possible).  I’ve often told my offspring that as we get older we still feel like the same (young) person inside.  But, no, I don’t remember anything like this!

I can’t help but juxtapose youth’s memories against the postulate of what these little hands will be doing at the other end of my life.  A striking reminder, yesterday, was when my friend got hit head on.  (She’s bad off, but will be okay.)

This week I saw a short behind-the-scenes video of movie director Peter Jackson shooting the very last scene in Lord of the Rings.  Elijah Wood nailed the scene in a take or two—but he kept having him play it again.  The entire project, including Wood’s part as Frodo, was a book they just couldn’t bring themselves to close.  (If you’ve seen these films, you really understand that.)

I want to be like Elijah.  (Wow, how’s that for a double entendre?)  I want the screen captures of my life be so exemplary that people will want to freeze-frame—maybe even replay—them.   I want to finish well.

Well, for a one-minute blog post this is biting off more than I can chew.  I’ll leave you with a quote I saw on Facebook; it gives me hope for capturing God’s grace in the little moments, as the pilgrimage continues to the closing of my book:

“Life is like a camera.  Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop them from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.”

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One Response to Screen Captures

  1. lolahbf says:

    I love that quote 🙂

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