In it, Chris decides to “create a pure moment” by: 1) building a trebuchet, & 2) choosing the perfect cow to fling from it.
But his plan stalls when he realizes that: 1) there is “a certain wrongness” to the cow he has picked out, & 2) he cannot, in good conscience, fling a cow because it has been done before. Which would make his cow flinging merely repetitive. And not the perfect artistic experience that he longs for.
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At first Chris is bummed that he won’t be able to create his pure moment but comes to realize that: “I had to let go of that cow so I could see all the other possibilities.”
I still reflect on the idea of a certain wrongness to things. And on how you often have to let go of any preconceived ideas in order for a new, better idea to manifest.
All this comes to mind as I write this last NaBloPoMo post. I had a different idea of how this challenge was going to play out, so when I sensed a certain “wrongness” to it I almost gave up. However, I hung around posting something every day– letting go of “that cow so I could see all the other possibilities.”
And as a result, I managed to complete NaBloPoMo. And make a decision or two about how I’ll pursue my dreams in the future.
So with that last NaBloPoMo thought, I’ll leave you, my gentle readers, to watch what might be the best– the most absurd– the most unexpected three minutes in all of Northern Exposure. And that’s saying something.
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“The thing I learned folks, this is absolutely key:
It’s not the thing you fling. It’s the fling itself.
Let’s fling something, Cicely!”
~ Chris, Northern Exposure