Life. Be in it.

Life is too much important a thing ever to talk seriously about it. – Oscar Wilde

Life. Be in it. – Australian Government Advertising Campaign

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We race towards the end of the year and a decade. When once our lives might have been calming down into holidays, we feel more pressure than ever: pressure to deliver, pressure to be busy, to keep up, to be on, to do more.

Our always on ever present digital companions offer us the options to be absorbed and to be absorbing all the time. Oddly, this pressure to do more, mostly results in less: less satisfaction, less entertainment, less sense of purpose, less fulfilment. We have discovered a digital expectation gap that is ever growing – the difference between what we can see might be and what is.

I was reflecting this morning on my desperate desire to waste a day, when it struck me that I wasn’t planning to waste anything. I was simply allocating my time in a choice that involved celebrating life. Like Norm of the famous Australian government fitness campaign, I wanted to ‘Be in Life’ instead of charging through it. Our time demands more mindful present choices than ever. We can’t be reactive or just carried by the flow of busy. We need to decide. We need to choose the life that suits us best. Every single day.

So in the spirit of prompting reflection on what really matters here are a few prompts that have been guiding me over the last decade on how to Be more in Life:

 

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do. with your one wild and precious life?” ― Mary Oliver.

“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver.

 

Late Edit Postscript: My one final piece of advice is this: Embrace your potential to be a Dark Horse – we are each unique and we do better to emphasize our uniqueness than battle to be similar.

4 thoughts on “Life. Be in it.

  1. Good morning, Simon.

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

    Thank you for sharing these wise words. If I may, I’d simply say this. Being present isn’t a choice: it’s how we are.

    Be here now…and all that.

    The trouble is our discursive, always-on mind distracts from the presence of the present moment. Not that we can will it, but (at the very least) if we can grow accustomed in a contemplative way to witnessing our thoughts — i.e. like clouds passing, or rivers running — then we might begin to feel our way into the love and beauty of the moment.

    Blessings,

    Ju.

    🙏

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