37 Seconds

The movie “Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” in my humble opinion, is one of the best movies ever filmed.  It has many powerful messages about creativity, friendship, keeping child-like wonder in your life (especially if you are an adult) and believing in yourself.  The theme that I am focusing on for this post is of time and being in the moment.

If you have not seen this movie, I cannot recommend it enough.  I will try to not spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it.  But you will need a little background to set up the scene for the quote.

Mr. Magorium, the owner of a magical toy store, and Molly Mahoney, the store manager, are in a clock shop.  They are setting all of the clocks to chime at the same time.  When they have completed this task Mahoney says something like “37 seconds.  Now we wait.”  And Mr. Magorium says the following:

“37 seconds.  We breathe.  We pulse.  We regenerate.  Our hearts beat.  Our minds create.  37 seconds well lived is a lifetime.”  -Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

What Mr. Magorium is describing is being in the moment.  Experiencing your life.  Even and probably more importantly, at times when you don’t feel like you are “doing” anything.

For example, waiting in line.  I know that a lot of people don’t like to wait in line.  They take out there cell phones.  Scowl.  Complain loudly.  I don’t mind it.  I take that time to look around me.  Listen to the conversations of others or the music over the intercom system.  I notice the colors, what people are wearing, and their expressions.  I have heard and seen some pretty crazy things while waiting to check out my groceries.  Some of these things end up in my art, blog, creativity classes and writing.

In yoga, one of my favorite instructors, is always talking about the importance of breath.  She tells her students to focus on their breathing.  With each breath, she says become aware of your body, calm your mind, and enter into awareness.  My yoga instructor is not only teaching yoga; but, how to be in the moment.

So often, I hear people talk about how fast time flies.  This is usually said as a regret.  How things have been missed because they didn’t have enough time.  We cannot control time.  But we can control how we experience it, by being in the moment, and how we use it, by living your life to the fullest.

Breathe!  Pulse!  Regenerate!  You are alive.  Your heart beats and your mind creates.  Live every moment experiencing your life.

10 thoughts on “37 Seconds

  1. Thanks for the recommendation


  2. dkensing says:

    Great Post Jill. So true. I love that movie too!

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  3. Roslyn Gallagher says:

    Wow, Jill….This is beautiful! Keep your creative wonder! Love…Love

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  4. It is such good advice, Jill, but not always easy to live by. Even though I know how beneficial it is to be present in the moment, to be mindful, and to be aware, there are so many distractions that vie for attention.
    The movie sounds intriguing, and I hope I can find a copy somewhere (I am too much of a dinosaur for streaming, etc.!). Thank you for the recommendation.
    I hope you are well.

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  5. Where to start, Jill? As you expressed, the film explores so many different, profound themes in a lighthearted setting with serious undertones. But instead of being heavyhanded, Mr. Magorium (superbly portrayed by the inimitable Dustin Hoffman), reminds us that, overall, life is beautiful and deserves to be fully lived, and that our little grievances melt away when we look at the big picture.
    My husband and I enjoyed watching it. Thank you for your recommendation, we might have never learned about this otherwise.
    Best wishes for your own magical journey.

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