As the saying goes:
Life is what happens to us when we are busy making other plans.
Sometimes the “life” that happens is a wake-up call – some emergency or unforeseen event that makes us stop short and reassess our focus. In some ways (though I don’t wish that kind of “life” on myself or anyone else) being forced to stop and be in the moment is a gift. How much better, though, if we can learn to be in the moment as part of our daily routines.
Although I’ve been more mindful of late and have actually started trying to make meditation a daily part of my life, I still get caught up in living in “fast forward” mode – that is, feeling, thinking and hoping that something better is just around the corner. The problem with this type of thinking is that when I do turn that corner, the enjoyment is short lived. And to be honest, keeping up that kind of pace is exhausting and, ultimately, far from fulfilling.
I found that this article sums up my “condition” pretty aptly. Perhaps some of you will also see yourselves in it and will benefit from the tips at the end, too.
Signing off now to contemplate my navel (and embrace its imperfections.)