Little, simple things, such a precious gift: the routine, the calm, the boring, the repetitive, how we long for this now as it all disappears, temporarily. I’m hoping we all seize this opportunity to slow down and go within and remember what’s important to us, what we neglect in our habit of unconsciousness. Let this be an acknowledgement of what is always waiting for this moment when we pause and finally see.
This afternoon I was sitting in my kitchen window seat soaking in the warm sun, looking up at the blue sky, smiling, feeling peaceful. And then it struck me that my life is unique, and it is all mine, and I wouldn’t trade my humble, simple life for anyone else’s life, no matter how fancy or exciting. That was a satisfying moment.
I’m learning how to simplify… I can’t anticipate what’s next, but I can be here now. I can’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I can attend to what needs to be done today. I can’t know if my friends will be in my life forever, but I can love who they are right now. I can practice this willingness to stay in the simple present moment so that when the time comes, I can simply let go, simply let go.
Afternoon, the sky a light silver-gray, oak leaves orange brown, maple leaves red, bald cypress defiantly remaining green. Crows muttering to one another, and a tender breeze stirring what was inanimate into graceful gestures of surrender and flow. How could I possibly regret my past given that it brought me such a shockingly beautiful and stunningly simple present?
I said a final goodbye to the old house, handed the keys over, and closed that chapter. I drove away feeling free, grateful. Then it was time to teach. My students were open and lovely, willing to slow down, breathe, and try their best. Back home my kids were darling; I’m just amazed at how naturally positive they are; they are focused on the good, they get excited about sweet, simple things. We watched a movie and ate popcorn, then I pumped up the tires of our bikes and we road around the court. Chicken soup for dinner, then homework, then reading together. Ah, it’s the sweet, simple things that make life so blessed, so enjoyable. I vow to be grateful for all of it. This life is a miracle.
Humbled, grateful, totally exhausted, I finish my day with the satisfaction of knowing that I worked and lived and loved just as much as I possibly could. I envision an extraordinary life, which is lived day by extraordinary day. I look back and realize that every moment was guided, every moment was a gift. I look forward and savor the possibility that the best is yet to come. And I breathe into this now moment, relaxing into open awareness belly soft heart open simply glad to be alive.