Sometimes I feel like I am literally conducting an orchestra, multitasking every step no-mater the direction, screaming through the day like a Tasmanian devil. Each instrument in my symphony is some kind of task, cleaning, creating, cooking, commitments, and I’m usually playing with at least 3 limbs. I used to wake up in the morning thinking about my list, I’d have a checklist of all the have to’s the day required, success at the end of the day was measured on the accomplishment of those specific tasks. Thus my entire day could potentially be spent doing one thing, thinking about the next few tasks I had assigned myself, rushing through the present and not enjoying the moment. When I catch myself in these jaw clenching, satisfaction through accomplishment chasing moments, it serves me well to pause, breathe, and reflect on some insightful teachings from “The Miracle of Mindfulness”.
Are you washing dishes in order to have clean dishes, or are you washing dishes in order to wash dishes? “If while washing the dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they are a nuisance, then we are not “washing the dishes to wash the dishes”. What’s more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact, we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can’t wash the dishes, the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barley aware of the cup of tea in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future – and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.”
The pace of life in these times has the potential to be strenuous, and if allowed, we can easily miss the entire day, going to bed to wake up and slam another day, not even going to bed to go to bed! I love this simple analogy to how we can approach every event in our lives. Is what we do merely a means to an end, the end product: or is it possible to enjoy the entire time, up to and including the result? What is the purpose behind your actions? Are your actions in line with the person you want to be? Is your day filled with a bunch of meaningless have to tasks; or is it filled with awesome get to’s, goals and benchmarks towards your vision?
It is as simple as deciding it is so: waking up in the morning and choosing to be the person you’re inspired to be, and in doing so, living as such. Through consciously staying committed to living the vision we have for ourselves, all of our actions can resonate with pride and joy. This doesn’t mean that my jam-packed weeks magically dissipate into endless leisure vacations, but my experience and actions DO magically morph into get to’s. The pleasure of living the life you want and choose is motivation enough be there for the present. The means becomes the ends… it’s in journey not the destination