The Art of Dwelling on the Past

The past is all in how you look at it

In the post on June 1, in which I wrote about the speed with which life flies by all too quickly, I introduced you to John Koenig, who creates some of the most poetic and sensitive videos on topics we all experience — but often don’t have words to express.

Today the made-up word is “klexos” for the art of dwelling on the past. This is the approach to reviewing our lives in a way that contrasts to our normal tendency to ruminate about what might have been, should have been, or could have been.

In this video you will learn that:

Your life is written in indelible ink. There’s no going back to erase the past, tweak your mistakes, or fill in missed opportunities. When the moment’s over, your fate is sealed. But if you look closer, you notice the ink never really dries on any of our experiences. They can change their meaning the longer you look at them.

. . . Maybe it’s not so bad to dwell in the past and muddle in the memories to stem the simplification of time and put some craft back into it. Maybe we should think of memory itself as an art form, in which the real work begins as soon as the paint hits the canvas. And remember that a work of art is never finished, only abandoned.

As you will see, there really is an “art” to dwelling on the past.

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