Friday, October 22, 2010

HOW TO BE IN THE MOMENT – 101 Little Tips

(NEW! -- Once a week or so, I'll post one of the little devices I use to turn down the noise of my busy life and get in touch with what's real and timeless.)

 TIP #12
Once in a while, look up.

You'd think this would be a no-brainer, wouldn't you? But, if you're at all like me, it's like breathing. You take it for granted; you forget that, occasionally, it needs your attention. Haven't you ever concentrated so much on something—you know, that body-and-soul concentration where you shut out everything around you?—that you realized you'd been forgetting to breathe?

Well, it's the same thing with looking up. We get so focused on what's right in front of our noses, or what's going on inside our heads, we forget that, of the 360-degree reach of our vision, about half of it—with all its wonders of wisp and wing, billow and beam—lies above eye level.

"A find is a terrible thing to waste."


Leslie Prouty said...

I remember so well back in the 80's when I was working in Keene, NH selling cars and raising two children alone...One day I "let" myself look up at a tree and realized that it had big green leaves....I had missed the wonder of Spring...the smell of it...the buds slowly opening and turning color...the birds building nests and having families...Now, at retirement age, I cry at the number of similar moments I missed...and I try to do better...

Jeffrey Willius said...

Hey Leslie -- It's never too late! In fact, maybe you've appreciated more such wonders than you realize. Heck, I know I've always been in tune with Nature, but didn't realize the significance of that until fairly recently. THanks for the comment and for visiting One Man's Wonder!

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