This morning I woke up at 4:57 a.m. with a song in my head demanding to know, “What Does The Fox Say?”
It’s pitch dark in my room at 4:57 a.m.
And deadly silent.
For a second I thought I was being punked.
But no. It was all me and my crazy brain.
So I did my morning yoga practice bobbing to that song playing in my head. Nothing tranquil about that, so I grabbed my tablet, and looked up Ylvis. You remember the Norwegian brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker. No? Well, you’ll remember their 2013 song. To date, “What Does The Fox Say?” has a measly 628,999,032 views.
The photo is of our little Tennyson, being the fox.
Was it only three years ago? That catchy lil’ tune was on a constant loop playing on late night television, as background music in grocery stores and blaring from cars idling at the stop light. It was everywhere. And then it wasn’t.
It had its moment.
That’s all any of us ever really get. A moment. A moment to be a child. A moment to be a teenager. A moment when love is new and tingly. A moment to hold that brand new, still-wrinkly-from-being-crammed-in-the-womb, baby. A moment to make a difference. A moment and no more.
Then everything changes. Everyone changes.
Carpe diem is the Latin aphorism meaning “to seize the day.” But what about seizing the moment? That means living right now and not waiting for the right moment, but like they say, to make the moment right.
Since this blog asks questions and seeks answers, I asked a weird question. Nobody can call us dumb if we know something most of the world doesn’t know: HOW LONG IS A MOMENT?
Here’s the research paraphrased: A moment was actually a medieval time unit based on a solar hour—40 movements of a shadow on a sundial. An hour meant one twelfth of the period between sunrise and sunset, so the hour depended on the length of the day, which like today, varies with the season.
The short answer is 90 seconds. A moment equates to 90 seconds.
So now you know something most people don’t know. You also know that you don’t have a moment to waste, and you’ve got reason to have a stellar day because you’re smarter than you were a moment ago.