A few years ago I was riding my motorcycle. As I was approaching another road that I would be turning left on to an SUV, without signalling, started changing lanes in to mine. I hit my brakes and horn and luckily avoided an accident. As a motorcyclist this is, unfortunately, something that I deal with often.
As I pulled up to the red light, behind the lady who cut me off, I see her throwing her hands up in the air and suddenly rolls down the window. She started yelling at me, “how am I supposed to know to look out for motorcycles?!” Baffled, I opened my shield and called back, “the same way you know to look for children and cars.” She rolled up her window and that was the end of it.
Her reaction shocked me more than anything but I wonder if it really should have. All too often I also find myself mindlessly going through life reacting and following my routine without thought.
After reading “Wisdom of Insecurity” and currently reading Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” has opened my eyes. I’ve become more mindful and aware of the world around me. It is a beautiful place. Even today, it’s 50 degrees (F), a little rainy and there’s no sunshine. The world doesn’t stop for that. Nature happens, trees still spread their branches and lift to the sky, the animals go about their daily lives, birds make noises in the trees, the wind rustles leaves and the clouds float quietly past.
There is an amazing world happening all around you right this moment. You may be in your living room or office or maybe even in a tiny bathroom but it is still there. Sit quietly for a moment and close your eyes. Start to hear the room. Listen for sounds and if there are no sounds then listen to the quiet. Listen to your breathing for a minute, what does it sound like? Maybe you hear a passing car, a cooling fan from a computer or cable box, maybe you hear your heating/cooling system.
God gave us this world and it is a special place. We just need to open our eyes and be aware of what’s happening around us. When you’re in your car driving, don’t just pay attention to the tail lights of the car in front of you, notice the trees you pass, the grass on the side of the road, the sky above you and all that it does.
Have you ever stopped to think about that for a moment? What does the sky do? Does it just sit there? No, it changes from day to night and we can see the whole universe laid out before us, there are clouds that pass by, the sun and the moon move throughout the day and night. Everything is constantly in motion because if it didn’t then life would be dull. Even take notice of the space between objects.
See beyond yourself.
Be well, be positive