This quote from Joseph Cook came up in my FB memories feed this morning, from five years ago. Different times indeed!
When I first read it, I experienced it as a reminder and an awareness “hint” or prompt, i.e. to not confuse being busy with being focused or productive. Why? Because at times of stress, I often turn to “busy” work to distract me from the cause of the stress, although there may be better ways to manage it: relaxing, meditating, journeying, etc. So when I feel the need to be busy, I am reminded to look at why . . . and what trigger is prompting that choice.
When I read the quote again this morning, it stirred so much thought about its relevance for what we are collectively experiencing now.
So many people glorify and romanticize ‘busy.’ I do not. I value purpose. I believe in resting in reason and moving in passion. If you’re always busy/moving, you will miss important details. I like the mountain. Still, but when it moves, lands shift and earth quakes.
So take a moment to ponder on how you are resting and moving, and what has changed since the pandemic began.
Our individual situations may be vastly different.
Some are still working in essential services in their traditional workspace in the world at large. Others are working from home in mandated lockdowns. And sadly, many are out of work due to closures of their workplaces.
Yet within those varying circumstances . . .
I hope that we can each find the “important details” in our life and in our relationships with our Self, family, friends and community.
I hope that we find purpose within the stillness.
I hope that we continue to shift into new ways of being and thinking… and move mountains.
Stay safe. Take care of one another.
Blessings to all!