“She had a revolutionary idea: She would make more time for life’s truly important things. First on the list: breathing.” ~ Amy Rubin Flett …
How easy it is to become lost in the hustle and bustle of life. Moving around quickly from task to task, making money to pay bills only to find ourselves faced with more bills, and barely taking any time to catch our breath. But when we get so caught up in the busyness of life that we fail to make time for “life’s truly important things,” we miss out on so much of the love, beauty, and purpose of life.
Stop for a moment and catch your breath. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing… on how each breath is providing for your body life-sustaining oxygen. Do you recognize this as a simple miracle of life? It is. Without the multitudes of “simple” things we do each day–breathing, digesting food and converting it into energy, rebuilding the cells throughout our bodies, pumping blood through our circulatory system, and on and on–we would not be alive.
Life is so much more than what we generally allow ourselves to experience. Look down from a mountaintop and gaze out over the vastness of land. Stand on the shore and let the cool salty air surround you. Sit beneath the shade of a giant oak tree and feel the breeze cool you on a hot summer day. Lay beneath the stars on a clear, dark night. Soak up the cool drops of water in a gentle rainstorm. So many truly important things are happening in your life right now–things that will still be happening two hundred years from now.
Take time today to focus on the things that really matter in life.
Questions to consider:
Why do we often lose our awareness of life’s truly important things?
How can you make more time for them?
What are some meaningful ways you can contribute towards life that will have a positive and lasting impact?
For further thought:
“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.” ~ A.A. Milne in Winnie The Pooh