We move through life, taking care of the many things that arise in our day. For many of us we quickly become overwhelmed which leads to a avalanche of negative thoughts and emotions. Now we can consider this “normal” or we can take an approach to shine a different a light on our lives.
You see life is really neutral in all its glory, its not a good day, or a bad day. It simply is. A day has not ambition, no losses and no rewards. It simply is what it is. Now this subject is not a new one for daily buddha readers, but it is one worth repeating – We should strive to be more like the gift of life which we have all received – neutral, available and filled with nothing more than a willingness to live it out, one day at a time.
Yes we all have jobs, family, plans and other tasks that demand our attention, but being present for these things does not mean we need to plan out the next 72 steps required to achieve them. Besides how many plans actually go as we plan them!
So instead of awakening each day and creating a task lists of things that must be accomplished in order to feel productive or good about our day. choose instead to be attentive, present and trust in that you will will do what is required when the moment comes. Trust this!
Presence is the greatest present we can give and receive. Even though the boss, the neighbor, the others in this world may not be there yet or live by a scheduled mantra, the simple truth is the best laid plans rarely go as laid out and it is the ability to adapt and move on that make a human life so magical, fulfilling and enlightening!
The purpose of presence is simple – to clear the dust off the routines we mistake for living.
Peace and Love, Jim