A couple of weeks ago on my morning walk, I saw a cactus flower in full bloom. It was large, white, luscious and lifting its face to the sun. Full of energy.
My partner suggested we return with our cameras to capture the event. But after we arrived home and had breakfast, somehow the cactus flower left the to-do today agenda for the nether regions of tomorrowland.
Tomorrow arrived and the cactus flower was off the bloom, spent, exhausted from the effort of its beauty. Yes, it was cactus.
So the first picture with this post is the lesson for the day which, by now, you’ve probably guessed.
Don’t delay. Act. Whatever it is, do it now if it’s at all possible.
When opportunity arrives, grab it by the double p and shake it vigorously.
A personal case in point – yes, yet another instance of procrastination peeving a person. I wrote a short story about a time in the early 1980s – coming soon to an e-publishing platform near you – and I used a house I lived in then as a location.
As is the way of things, I thought an image of the house may serve as part of the cover design. The house is on the other side of town and it’s years since I was in that neighborhood. I’d been toying with the notion of a photo safari to shoot all the places I’ve lived in since I adopted Brisbane as my de facto hometown. So…
We drove there one day recently and discovered four townhouses where my old rental once graced the long gone grassy slope. They took up the block next door, too, spready little buggers.
Gone. Forever. No wretched image except for the one in my wretched mind’s eye.
I was so distraught that we resorted to cheeseburgers at the rebuilt, refurbished, totally over-sized yellow M take-away opposite so I could re-ground myself in the reality of grease and slamming ventricles – better that than a smack in the face with a dead cactus flower, anyway. Maybe.
You can see, then, that while we discovered another cactus flower actually in bloom, and had the good sense to photograph it before it was too late (again), my old house is eternally lost because I didn’t act in the now that has become then.
So sad. Too bad.
For what it’s worth and this is what all the mindfulness books, essays and blogs will tell you time and again: Act. Do it now.
You can’t always tell the difference between what may give you a re-run and what will disappear.
Do not fertilise regret, grasshopper.
Capture the cactus flower with its head raised in wondrous, sunny splendour, and rejoice in your immediacy.