This morning as I walked out the front door and reached down into my pocket to take out my keys, I was suddenly aware again of the fullness of it all — the whole living, breathing, walking around and experiencing the universe thing — and I decided, for the one millionth time, to really live my life today. To deliberately engage.
See, it always turns into something else, no matter what it starts out as, and I think that all of us pretty much have the same problem. You stop hearing the music, you stop tasting the food, and you slip into autopilot. It’s an unconscious shift of awareness that just sort of happens, and I think that it’s because we don’t know what to do with what we feel, and so we try to ignore it, and to live in spite of it, when maybe what we should be doing is actually closer to embracing it, and learning to live better by what that does to us.
Anyways, today I am going to live my life. You should, too. Let’s really talk to the people we bump into today, instead of doing our best to shuffle past them and get on with whatever it is we seem to think is important. Let’s take a moment here and there to reach out to the ones we love and let them know that we appreciate them, and that their lives make ours better, and that what they do as a person is important. I emailed my kids this morning. I don’t do it enough. I don’t want them to grow up and feel like dad was just sort of off working on computers or writing all day, every day, and that he didn’t absolutely cherish their each and every breath (because I do, whether I’m aware of it and permitting it to be a part of my conscious experience, or whether I’m allowing it to slip down into the underneath, behind-the-scenes parts of my brain happenings).
At work today, I’m going to be as conscious as I possibly can be of how everything I do affects other people, and I am going to do my utmost to have a positive mindset about everything that happens.
And I am going to pet my cat extra.