“Many of us approach each day by starting a car engine that keeps going at a considerable speed throughout the day. We usually have no real reason for the speed. The important thing seems to be to keep the car going and not necessarily in any particular direction as long as we keep moving. To slow down or stop might be dangerous, possibly exposing us to the meaninglessness of all this multitasking activity that we use to justify our existence.
But what if we gave ourselves permission to slow down…? Some very happy experiences can come from times when it is okay to just want to be here.” -excerpt from book: Happiness: Hidden in Plain Sight
I have a bird feeder attached to the window facing my writing desk. The window is hidden behind 12 foot bushes that give the impression of being in a forest.
Two chickadees have found my feeder and have decided it is their favorite restaurant. Although the feeder with its two sections has signs labeled “eat in” and “take out,” the birds seem to ignore these directions and just eat at will and with one purpose. They must like the simple life.
But what about you? Do you ever live without the engine running continuously? Do you long for the simple life? Do you ever live in the now—wanting to just be here with one purpose?
And what if that one purpose were love?