“Something precious is lost if we rush headlong into the details of life without pausing for a moment to pay homage to the mystery of life and the gift of another day.” … Kent Nerburn
Everybody is in such a rush these days. We’re in a rush to get to work and then we race to sit in rush hour traffic so that we can get back home. We hurry our kids out to multiple clubs, lessons and “fun time” and then zoom back home to put them to bed. We eat fast food, have drive through bank machines and want instant gratification. We carry around iPhones, Blackberries and Touchpads because we don’t dare be out of touch with work, friends or family. What ever happened to sitting down and talking?
Call me crazy but it drives me round the bend when I’m having lunch with someone and they are texting on their phone or receiving and answering e-mails on their Blackberries or equivalents. I guess I must be a throwback to an older time because I actually think that when I’m spending time with someone , that we should be communicating … with each other! As an ADHD personality I understand about distractibility! I spend enough time involuntarily not paying attention to life that, when it comes to spending quality time with a friend or family member I do my very best to be present in the moment. I agree with Kent Nerburn … “something precious is lost” … not only in life but in our interactions with each other … “if we rush headlong into the details of life without pausing for a moment to pay homage” AND to connect to one another.
Journeying through tough times; through the loss of loved ones – gone too soon in life and through overwhelmingly challenging medical crises I have learned that appreciation of the small things in life, and of Life itself, is what makes this trip worthwhile. I have learned that an “Attitude of Gratitude” never goes awry and that pausing for a moment to breathe in the beauty of the world around me helps to keep me sane. Each morning when I wake up on the green side of the grass I give thanks for the gift of another day and I am learning to simply laugh in delight when each day Life brings to my doorstep awesome synchronicites and opportunities. My mother used to say: “You have to take time to smell the roses” … and now I finally understand what she meant! Thanks for the patience mom! I do believe that it is time for me to go out into the world, pay homage to some mysteries, say thanks for the opportunities and smell (or photograph) some of those roses that mom was talking about. Adios for now … and may you find your own little corner of life to inhale and appreciate.
Arinaste (from my heart to your heart)