August 21, 2014: Almost


Today’s Perfect Moment is an almost moment. 

Almost moments are when something almost happens, but doesn’t.  In and around it you can see the potential, you can feel the electric charge and you can almost touch the anticipation.  Maybe it is missed eye contact on the subway.  Maybe it’s seeing a beautiful woman reading the same book as you, but only noticing it when she gets off the bus.  Maybe it is your enemy almost getting caught and getting his or her just deserts.  Maybe it is something big, like missing the lottery or raffle by one number.  Maybe it is being the eighth caller, when they were looking for the seventh.

As I write this, I suspect I am writing a sequel to Alanis Morisette’s “Ironic”.  I am not trying to list a bunch of bummers, but rather find the positive in the lack of success.  Perhaps, I am being overly optimistic in the face of something that really screams out for pessimism, but that wouldn’t be embracing what this blog is all about.  There is beauty and perfection, even in failure.  The perfection is not in the result (obviously) but rather how powerfully close something came to happen.

I choose not to give too many details about this almost, not because it is so profound or personal.  In fact, although it was energetic, it was so brief and probably one-sided only those tuned to it would even register it.   Instead, I need it to live in me, digest and ferment, before I can release it.  It isn’t life changing, but maybe I can use it to make progress toward change.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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