I don’t write to convince a reader of my perceptions or thoughts. I write to express what I see through the story lens of my life as I experience it. Sometimes, I choose to share what I’m discovering.
I read books and watch films for entertainment and/or to expand my worldview. It is fascinating to be educated to other ways of being and seeing.
When you follow the old adage “walk a mile in my shoes,” there is an opportunity for something to open up inside of you.
I have a friend who periodically travels to awaken the heightened awareness that is necessary when one travels. When she visits somewhere new, she experiences a greater aliveness as she navigates the unfamiliar. Travel, in one sense, awakens her vitality.
The sameness of one’s environment can lead to a sort of lethargy? It’s all so familiar. It seems less likely that I can foster a feeling of novelty of experience in my daily routine than I could if I were traveling? I recognize within myself the need to really cultivate presence in my daily encounters in order to be a witness to the daily miraculous . Life is not humdrum. We are, each one of us, walking, talking wonders. Yet, because we are familiar, even predictable, I can assume the humdrum in my encounters. For instance…
Typically, my long-time gardener and friend gives me his litany of complaints about his work. I then respond in the usual way, commiserating. I have an expectation that he is going to come and complain and I’ll listen and nod my head and hear him out. In a certain sense, I’m not present with him in the moment. I link his complaints together with all the other times he’s come to tend my yard. I put up a certain sort of inner defense. Today, as he is out there doing the yard work, I wonder about how I can be more present with him. Can I choose to really see and hear him, his frustrations and his gratitudes, as if I were meeting him for the first time…that old Buddhist Beginner’s Mind. Besides, having had recent losses, I do know too well that everything and everyone passes. Nothing and no one lasts forever. That realization alone can help bring presence to whatever the day brings. Today, I’d like to be a bit more present with my friend. To be a witness to his experience. To see him anew. To hear him anew.
When I am given presence, I recognize it. And I’m appreciative.