We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available. We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment • Thich Nhat Hanh
I love this quote!
How many of us realize that we have wasted our lives for nothing? Running like mad to get yet another trophy and earn the acceptance of people whose lives might be as empty as our own… And it is never enough.
If people could only derive pure joy from what they do there would be so much less addiction, anxiety, depression, heart disease, and who knows what else. But this is never the case. The pleasure is short lived.
We are not trained to be mindful. On the contrary, we lose our childhood ability to be mindful in the socialization process that begins early in our lives and it may take decades for a person to notice that something is missing in his or her life.
If we could only stop in our tracks and re-evaluate the choices we have made. What would it take?
It takes courage and a great dose of honesty to look inside our own being. Introspection may be a very painful exercise, but it is a useful one. It helps us discover life before our lives are over.