My long term memory seems to get worse with every turn of the wheel, but there is a moment that I remember with absolute clarity, one I don’t think I will ever lose. It occurred soon after my divorce. I was a neophyte just starting on my path, and still working through a great deal of sadness and despair. I was driving home after a class one night. I was on a dark isolated country road, and I had an impulse to stop the car. I got out, looked up at the waxing moon and the stars, and the feeling that shot through me physically overwhelmed me. I’ve always been an enthusiast of the night sky, so this wasn’t the first time that I had seen it.
This was the first time I felt it.
I felt the majesty and the divine wonder of being small and insignificant. The “problems” that I had been struggling with in my life were so minuscule and irrelevant to the beauty that I suddenly realized I was a (very small) part of. This event is one of a handful that I have experienced in this life that frame my path and my purpose. It was a turning point for me, and I cherish it deeply. I think back to this often, and am transported back to that tide of transformation; the moment that I gained perspective.
I was in no mood to go into work this morning. I was up late working on code for a website, I’ve been a assigned to a project that has not been going well, and I had 5 hours worth of meetings staring at me from my calendar. After starting up my computer and putting my lunch into the cooler, I ran into a coworker, we exchanged good mornings, and I asked him how he was today. “Doing good”, came the response. “How about you”, he asked in reply. Taking stock of my mood for a moment, I grumbled “Well, I’m here”. My coworker, who is confined to a wheelchair, stopped, turned around and said to me with a smile, “I consider that a pretty good day”.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the mundane tasks of running errands, doing our jobs and the rush of everyday, we lose perspective.
My coworker put things in perspective for me this morning. Although I had a lot of work to do, and little time to do it, I did so with happiness and felt a sense of fulfillment at the end of the day.
Focusing on petty annoyances causes us to lose sight of what is truly important. Forgetting the hallowed beauty inherent in our universe, on our planet, and the lessons that we learn from the never ending dance of nature. Forgetting the joy and comfort found in our communities and families, and the companionship and love they provide.
Join me in counting your blessings before you go to bed. In finding joy in a new day. By minimizing discomfort and maximizing happiness, and honoring the divine path that we walk. Blessed Be.