Ten-Minute Moment


One day I was sitting in a D.C. Metro train and saw a man with a dark beard and vacant look get off the train and leave his metal briefcase behind. Ever since then, I periodically ask myself: What if I had ten minutes to live?  Yes, let’s raise those stakes.  What if I had ten minutes — now nine minutes and fifty seconds  — to write the last post I would ever write?  What would I want to say?

I would say this to anyone reading my blog:  Life is terrifying.  We live moment by moment, and yet we have this notion that we can have a life plan.  I might be checking my inbox when, WHAM!  One of the moments I’m living comes out of nowhere and changes everything.  I mean, everything.

Perhaps I get the call , “Hello.  Are you the father of so and so?”

“Yes,” I mumble.  “I’m sorry to have to tell you, Mr. Gray, but your child . . . .”

One moment’s passed, and I am no longer a father.

Or, the routine check-up that’s reassured me every other year —

Life is terrifying, well, because you just never know.

Blogging may help us to stay the moments — mine them for the image, idea, or feeling they hold. None of us really know how many moments we have left.  We probably have more than 600, but we


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