Tuesday, September 08, 2009

"I'm thinking how happy I am."

After many, many years, I have re-watched a movie that I will always consider one of my very favorites: The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I loved Kundera's novel when I read it as an undergraduate, and I loved the movie the first time I saw it during that same period.

I remember, as an early twenty-something, seeing the movie through the lens of possibility and eros. There was some sadness, yes, but mainly the story struck me as one of relationships between daring artists and thinkers.

This time I saw it through a different lens. This time, I saw it through the lens of understanding just how long - and how filled with fear and sorrow - the road leading to a single moment of grace can be.

And how that single moment is always, always, worth it.


  1. you know.....I don't know that i accept that. there are two ways to look at life..one: Life is a collection of amazing experiences separated by dull or sad moments. two; Life is dull and sad most of the time and on occasion we get that tremendous high of a successful, enlightened moment...that passes too quickly. if we are all headed to death...which is it? a single moment of a graceful death? OR, many single moments? hmmmm...today is a day to reflect that is for sure

  2. Hmm, only two choices, huh? Bummer. I guess I'd have to cast my vote for the first one, although the second choice seems all too often the one that wins hands down.