The Moment Before
July 18, 2012 § 29 Comments
Michelangelo’s sculpture, the David, stands in the Galleria Dell’ Accademia in Florence. I cannot find the words to describe its magnificence. David stands with a far off gaze, his sling over his shoulder, frozen forever in that moment before his great triumph. There can be no doubt about his intentions. He knows what he must and will do.
Our challenges seem less dramatic, less momentous, than the one David faced so long ago that day in the Valley of Elah. But we face our challenges every day in a myriad of contexts. And each of our challenges, like David’s, begins with the moment before. The moment before we step into that tough conversation, the moment before we choose to do that task that we have resisted for so long, the moment before we open ourselves to the great loss we have sought to repress.
The moment before is the moment we must choose- this way or that- evade or confront. Our question is the same one that David faced. Who shall I choose to be in this moment?
We best live in our moments before if we know who we are and let that sense of self drive our choice. It is not a moment for analysis; it is a moment to let our actions flow from the core of our being.
This is how I imagine David lived in the moment that Michelangelo so preciously captured for eternity. This is how I would hope to live in each of my moments before- an aspiration I live out imperfectly but ceaselessly.