“The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things.” –Veronique Vienne
To BE or To DO – that is the question!
We live in a culture that seems to thrive on being busy. An answer to “How Are You?” is often: “Oh, I’m So Busy! ” I sometimes think that this constant state of Doing or busy-ness is some sort of Badge of Courage. I’m not sure if it’s complaining or bragging. I have sometimes felt that if I’m not as busy as you, there must be something wrong with me. I decided to change my attitude.
One of my main intentions for this year has been embarking on a daily practice of meditation, or solitude; a state of Being versus Doing. I do this so that I can get in touch with the divine that’s within me and all around me. I do it because it enables me to find pleasure in ordinary things; the birds outside my window, the changing of the Autumn leaves. These moments of Being help me start my day feeling grounded and in a place of grtitude and celebration.
My practice of Being is fairly simple: I spend 10 minutes each morning with a cup of coffee and an inspirational book. I read a little bit, think a little bit and write a little bit. (Ok, I admit that sometimes I just can’t help myself and I keep reading!) Then I ask myself two questions: 1) What did I discover, and 2) What do I intend to do about that? If you’re anything like me, you have a collection of inspiring books just waiting to be opened. It’s a wonderful way to start my day; it’s free, and doesn’t involve anyone else. Just me, myself and I.And so, I ask you to consider changing your attitude about Doing and create some space in your day for just Being.You’ll be surprised at the results!I’d love to hear from you about your experience in changing your attitude about Doing and Being.
Lesson learned: take some time for simply Being; you just may discover that you are finding a bit more bliss in each day.
Thank you! You are awesome! I appreciate your continued interest and
support. I hope you will share this wisdom with a friend.