Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

There’s a certain point in life at which you realise it’s no longer interesting that time goes forward – or rather, that its forward-going-ness has been the central plank of life’s illusion, and that while you were waiting to see what was going to happen next, you were steadily being robbed of all you had. Language is the only thing capable of stopping the flow of time, because it exists in time, is made of time, yet it is eternal – or can be. An image is also eternal, but it has no dealings with time – it disowns it, as it has to do, for how could one ever in the practical world scrutinise or comprehend the balance sheet of time that brought about the image’s unending moment?

— Rachel Cusk, Second Place: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 4, 2021)


Photo: DK @ Cove Island Park, Stamford, CT. 5:44 am, May 3, 2021.

Comments

  1. This is so spot on. It forces us to be more in the moment in spite of ourselves.

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  2. fancy treatment showing so well underlining Rachel Cusk’s words!
    So, are you still doing your morning walk? And after that you’re driving back to work or still doing part/full-time home office? HH is dismayed as their HO time will be carried on until the end of the year. He may go one day/wk to the office (and away from his loving wife!) 😉

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  3. That moment when we stop chasing time in order to embrace the moment – captured through your lens and Cusk’s words perfectly.

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  4. love the line: “Language is the only thing capable of stopping the flow of time”. Reminds me of how reading is such a nice respite from the world around us…

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Every daybreak is a new, awesome, uniqye spectacle! … “An image is also eternal, but it has no dealings with time – it disowns it, as it has to do, for how could one ever in the practical world scrutinise or comprehend the balance sheet of time that brought about the image’s unending moment?” — Rachel Cusk, Second Place: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 4, 2021).

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  6. Michael Zahaby says:

    The picture is amazing and dramatic. I’m enjoying your recently acquired interest. Your eye for the light is impressive

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  7. What a gorgeous photograph! Thanks for taking us “there” where words are irrelevant, and we can just BE for who knows how many moments. So glad you’re communing with nature before work, and sharing with us.

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  8. “…while you were waiting to see what was going to happen next, you were steadily being robbed of all you had.” That’s the line that hit me like a punch to the solar plexus. What is it they say, ‘Youth is wasted on the young.’ Beautiful image and wonderfully thought-provoking passage to start the week, pal. Thank you.

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  9. Powerful image and reflection. Not sure I am on the same wavelength about time. Time is made up in the human mind. Language and images are also.
    What if there’s no time and we are only energy and ions made up of everything around us. Just saying 🙃

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  10. Wherever did my comment go?
    Perfect pairing, as per, David.

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