Tim Challies mused a few days back on our impulse to capture and record moments rather than simply experience them. I’m guilty of this at times, so perhaps that is why it resonates. There’s certainly nothing wrong with taking pictures or video, but it’s worth thinking about. Here’s the crux:
I wonder how many beautiful moments we miss because we are afraid we will miss them. Instead of living fully in the moment, enjoying the music or the sunrise or the games with our children, we fall into this strange habit of recording it all. We experience the sunrise through the lens of an iPhone instead of just basking in it, we tinker with focus and angles recording quality instead of just enjoying the music. When all is said and done, we’ve recorded an experience that we missed out on, and the replay is just never as good.