“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon
For most people, this is how they live their lives. If it isn’t another long To Do list, it’s this overwhelming sense of wanting to do…something.
And that’s fine as it goes, even quite splendid if the effect of all that doing produces a harmonious result for you, your loved ones and the world around you. But in the end, by dint of feeling that there’s (always) something’s missing, it’s never enough.
When I exhort the need to “Stop. And focus” it’s not born out of some self-referential, I’m-so-worthy need to prove that you can live in a rarefied, ‘spiritual’ existence but, instead, to deeply question who or what you are.
Of course, you might not care a damn — doing and labels define you after all — but, trust me, at some stage in your life, I suspect closer to the end than you care to acknowledge, you’ll wake up from your narcissistic torpor and wonder what it was all about.
In light of this post or anything I write or say, do I expect you to change your habits? Not a bit of it. Frankly, if anyone previously (prior to March 2010) had told me to slow down and examine my life beyond the faux labels, I’d have told them where to stick it. Unfortunately, for me and those closest to me, it took a sudden and rather extreme whack to the head — a subarachnoid haemorrhage if you must know — to show how delusional I’d become.
Am I fixed…now?
Who really knows, but one thing’s for sure, the more I bring my attention to this (apparent) moment, the more I feel at peace with who or what I am.
What about you?
Are you ready to go beyond the doing?