every lived moment

‘Every lived moment has an eternal significance and already constitutes a fulfilled life. For fulfilled life is not measured by the number of years that have been lived through, or spent in one way or another. It is measured according to the depth of lived experience.’ – Jurgen Moltmann

What is the depth of lived experience? We measure fulfilment so often by achievement – what we perceive as achievement, for isn’t our opinion of our lives dependent on perception? But if we say – achievement does not necessarily equal fulfilment, but the experience of life does, what do we then see? We think so often of experience as something dramatic, or life changing – ‘It was such a wonderful experience for me!’ But wonderful experiences are not available to everyone, all the time. Is it possible for every mundane moment to be a fulfilled life – because of how we see it, not what we do?

Every moment has the potential to be seen from a different angle.We spend too much of our lives in regret over what we have not done, accomplished, achieved. And yet if every moment of regret was replaced with an appreciation of life itself, and the place and time in which I am present in the present, wouldn’t we have something infinitely more precious? The capacity to be content whatever our circumstances?

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