Monday, November 2, 2009
100 Things You've Never Seen
Each day is a gift ... right? We're supposed to relish each moment above ground and feel grateful just to be alive, kickin' and lickin' a chocolate dipped, soft serve cone from McDonald's ... correct? Well, I'd bet that delicious ice cream cone that I'm not the only one who finds days flying by, blurring together, and disappearing without every being truly "un-wrapped."
As a newbie in the corporate world, I'm finding it especially difficult to juice unique and memorable experiences out of my Monday-Fridays. Peering out at the world from a cube located high off the ground behind large glass windows, I wonder ... how do people who do the same thing, day in, day out, how can they, me, we, still make our days separate, inspiring, and satisfying? It might be a cube that confines you, a relationship, or simply a rut. We are human and seem to thrive on consistency and schedule because it's safe.
But don't we secretly (or publicly) want to bubble over with awe-inspiring enthusiasm for life each morning a la Tony Robbins? We dream of living lives that snap-crackle-pop with the thrill of the unknown (see the beauty of blank). In reality (whatever that means to you) most of us cannot be vagabonds and follow every wild whim ... so what are we to do? Let the daily grind percolate through our souls, squeezing out every drop of la vida loca? No! (I love being dramatic.) I invite you to look. LOOK around you ... then look beyond where your eyes would normally stop. On your way to work, your morning run, at your coffee shop, consciously focus on objects you would never otherwise notice. I tried this for the first time while walking into the office, then on a jog yesterday. It's amazing how much we don't see because we're on auto pilot ... not noticing all the unique nuances that surround us daily.
If this sounds simple, and lame ... just try it for five minutes. Go somewhere you've been hundreds of times and try to see it in a totally different way. Let your eyes flow beyond the stone wall and past the telephone wires ... what's there? Gaze at the frame, not the window, the dirt between the blades of grass ... it's a meditation on how to be present and more connected in our daily lives.
With gratitude for things I've yet to see ~L~
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