The world around us can get so loud and busy that we have a difficult time listening to what’s not being said, or seeing what’s not on display. The crucial aspect within ones life is that we take the time, giving every moment it’s own opportunity to be center stage where it can be heard, felt and expressed by ourselves and others that surround us. When we rush from moment to moment, we miss what is right before our eyes. It’s often there that we find the strength and resilience to move forward more slowly and purposefully. There is no way to get back the moments that we miss but we can start again more intentionally to be present right where we are and who we are with. When we haven’t learned this place of being present in the moment with where we are and who we are with, we miss some very lovely things. Anthony De Mello was quoted as saying….
“Spirituality means waking up.
Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep.
They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up.
They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence.”
Before I began to step into my fears and face them, I lived life very much asleep and I didn’t even know it. Once in awhile I would wake up, only to fall asleep again and live life mechanically, like walking in one’s sleep. You don’t really know what you are doing.
Mark Nepo says that it is our responsibility to wake up, stay awake, and when we fall asleep, return to wakefulness, and keep going.
THAT’S what I want to do and have every intention of doing. It’s no longer about having things, it’s about being who I am and moving the things I can to make a better world. That means that I need to stay awake, stay present, and live with intention. We never really know how long we have. The Bible says that our life is like a vapor, in that it’s here and then it’s not. I want to savor what I have and experience more in that stillness that often speaks so much louder that words.