Living each day much muchier
Few are those who see with their own eyes
and feel with their own hearts.
Begin to see what is in front of you,
rather than what you learned is there.
Stephen C. Paul
Have you ever arrived somewhere only to have no memory of how you got there? You’re in the driver seat and your hands are on the steering wheel, but the trip is a total blank.
Familiarity gets us by in a busy world. If you’re familiar with the route to your desk every morning, you can drink a cup of coffee, balance your bag, SMS someone about the weekend and plan the day ahead. You can fret about your partner (or not having one), listen to your iPod and view ads for fewer wrinkles, healthy McDonald’s, Australia’s thinnest condom and free FloodWise Property Reports.
No wonder the time goes quickly. No wonder the days blur together. We see, react and respond by rote because that’s all we have time for.
What kind of life is that? You can go through a whole week without seeing the colour of the clouds or without laughing at the bus driver that sneaked a pick and flick while no-one was on board (it happened this morning). You can go without smelling the rain or feeling the bright, warm sunlight behind your closed eyelids. Why rely on those brief, shining moments of holiday when it’s *normal* to live that way?
See what’s there, not just what you expect. There’s so much more going on in the world.