Listening to a colleague in Germany this morning, I heard her say, “When people are too busy to listen……” It really struck me. I hear it too. “I don’t have time to listen, I don’t have time to think, I don’t have time to breathe.” I think when someone says this, they believe it. I heard one client say, “I don’t have time to be present.” In the moment, my unfiltered response was; “Well, since you are there anyway, why not be there?”
Father Richard Rohr, a well-known Franciscan Priest was asked, “What distracts us?” His reply was, “The capacity to be distracted.”
I am more aware during this frenetic holiday season (are you ready for Christmas?) we may be losing our sense of wonder, magic, and joy. We are replacing those with stress, pressure, and a sense of ‘not enough’.
Lynne Twist writes about 3 Toxic Myths in our culture: more is better, there is never enough, and that’s the way it is. When I ask my clients, where in your life is there enough? They often need to think for a few moments. When I ask, "In what ways in your life are you enough?", they often shed tears.
My hope for all of us is that we stop, breathe, notice enough-ness, celebrate the abundance of beauty, connection, and love in our lives and in the world…and share it.
Go outside, look up, look around….watch the trees, squirrels, birds, the earth, air, and water, and become aware of the seamless connection between all of that.
We are so blessed to have what His Holiness the Dalai Lama calls a precious human life.