What More Do You Want
Before we can appreciate what we have we have to become aware that it exists.
In an interview, Paul Hawken said, “Ralph Waldo Emerson was once asked what he thought people would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night of course. The world would create new religions overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead the stars come out every night and we watch television.”
Some distance from the stars the everydayness of even the most important things in our lives -including people unfortunately – can render them invisible; background props in a life that we sometimes hardly notice.
Here is an idea; a way to become aware of what has become ordinary. Look at or experience your life from a new perspective or by using a different sensory mode. Find some way to find a brand-new point of view of the things and people in your life.
As an example of how easily this can be done stop for a moment and try the following: Clasp your hands in front of you as if in prayer. Now shift the grasp of your fingers so that the lower thumb moves to the top and all of the other fingers change position too. Now how does that feel? Weird, strange, uncomfortable – certainly. You have been clasping your hands the exact same way since you were a baby; so long you barely notice their position and feeling. With a simple change of the position of something so ordinary you become aware of your skin, your joints, the rings you are wearing and the movement of your fingers. You can do this with everything in your life; sometimes uncomfortably but most certainly bringing them anew to your attention.
Try some of the following and then begin experimenting with finding new ways to look at your life at every opportunity:
- Look at the place you live from a different perspective, from across the street, across the hall or from a neighbor’s window.
- With your eyes shut or while holding their hand, listen to someone in your family talk to you.
- Shut your eyes and putting your fingers in your ears listen to the sounds of your breathing.
- Reach out right now and put your hand on a wall near you. Run you hand slowly over its surface.
- Look out of the window right now and let your eyes discover something you have never noticed before.
- Take a picture on your wall and move it to a different room.
- Sit in the back seat of your car while someone else drives.
- And take a look at the following excerpt found on a Facebook post by the Londoner, (source unknown)
Today was absolutely the worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be obtained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree with that
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that
Today was a good day.
Now read this piece from the bottom to the top.
Spend the rest of the day attempting to look at your life from different perspectives than you usually do. Tonight, just before bed make a list of 20 things you noticed today that you can’t remember previously having noticed or been grateful for.
Learn to become aware of and grateful for what you already have. Stand outside tonight and look at the stars as if it will be the last time they will come out for a thousand years.