Pragmatic Appreciation Day
Me: So, have you seen that film? I’m sorry that I missed it at the Los Angeles Film Festival. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on dvd.
B: That film? Ugh. Horrible.
Me: Really? Do tell.
B: The director took all the predictable short-cuts. There was nothing it in that I remember loving as a child. It was cheap and practically pornographic.
Me: Uhm … well, I still want to see it.
B: You’re wasting your time. Why do you want to see such trash?
Me: Well, when I’m in the mood for quality cinema, I’ll watch something like “Much Ado About Nothing” or “Man For All Seasons.” But when I’m in the mood for cheap thrills, I give myself leave to watch movies like “Transformers.”
And so on.
Just a little, inconsequential exchange with a film buff I was trying to persuade to show the movie on his wide screen projector. But it made me reflect later that night about appreciating things and people. For what they are. In the present. Without the burden of prior expectations or future developments. This may seem like a silly lesson, but I tend to live my life in the past and future … doing things because I anticipate talking about them later, and not enjoying them enough in the now. Things that immediately come to mind when I think about enjoying in the moment are dating and raising children. Granted, these are topics that are rarely very far from my mind. However, they are oft trying times that could be improved by a little pragmatic appreciation.