This is a colloquialism that I have recently learned and has become a part of my life in recent months. Why? Because that is the way life is for most of us. Constant business and rapid action non stop till we crash for a few hours at night so that we can start all over again the next day.
We see it every day. People dart in and out of traffic trying to get to the next location. Some do this while putting on make-up. Some do this while driving with one knee, drinking their drink, and attempting to text or talk on the phone at the same time. Businesses overload their workers with a plethora of responsibilities and threaten them with losing their job if they don’t measure up to their expectations. Time is crunched into seconds. Every second counts. Every second must be productive. Even weekends wind up being the same way. Pounding every second so that the weekend is full of something. We must get everything done that is possible to be done in as short a time as possible.
We fall asleep late at night and wake early in the morning just to make that extra minute count. Stress makes it that much harder to get sleep so we wind up working more and sleeping less. We are killing ourselves and wasting our lives failing to see. Failing to feel. Failing to be in touch with ourselves and those around us. Failing to notice the things most important. Failing to be aware. Failing to be.
When was the last time you sat still without falling asleep? No… not reading. Not watching TV or anything. To be still.
I read an article recently that spoke about a man that had a horse that was dieing in the stable. This horse’s head was in his lap in the center of the stable. All other horses were in their respective stalls facing away from the center of the stable where this horse was dying. At the moment the horse took its last breath, all of the other horses turned and faced the center of the stable, held their heads over the stall gate and began to whinny. They instinctivly knew that the other horse had died. There was an awareness that we humans seldom experience. Some of us may. Most would not.
Is it because they are in tune with their surroundings? Is it because they have so little in their lives that the earth is what they feel? I don’t know. What I do know is that we do not spend enough time being in tune with the people or things around us. We take very little time to acknowledge the earth, its beauty, or its source of life to us. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food it provides, so many things to which we are so oblivious.
This is not to say that all of us are like this. There are those that are more in tune with nature than others. There are those that do not feel that the almighty dollar is the most significant thing in life. There are those that feel the wind in their hair, the sand between their toes, hear the surf as it brushes itself across the rocks and on the shore. There are those that see the birds fly, see the beetles clamor across rough terrain, watch ants as they toil, wonder at the dolphin or a sting-ray, or marvel at the clouds, or hold their breath at the sight of grand mountains, vast oceans, mighty rivers, or deep gorges. To look in amazement at the magnificent design of a honeycomb or be baffled by the brilliance of color in a flower.
I challenge you to open your eyes to the people and things around you. Look for the beauty in all things. Be at peace with yourself and with others and with all things. Put on the brakes just a bit and slow down. You might even “stop and smell the coffee.” (or roses… whichever suits your taste)