Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Present: Right Here, Right Now

Have you ever been to dinner with friends or family where everybody sitting around the table is either on their iPhone, Android or Blackberry so busy tweeting, posting or texting away? The conversation never really stops, in fact, there is more than one conversation going on at the same time and everyone is engaged at some point or the other.

Everyone is busy. Very busy. All the time.

In today's society, being so busy has almost become a status symbol - the busier one is gives the impression that one is that important. Yes, perhaps an elevated and often false sense of being productive, yet it's so culturally prevalent that it is almost a sin for one to be idle, relax or pause even for a brief moment. Such notion is widely accepted and reinforced that it depicts simple pleasures in life like long walks on the beach or warm, soothing baths as simply waste of time. Having been to many work and social events lately, I have heard the answer to the question: "How are you?" - met with the very predictable: "I am so busy" one time too many.

Are we really that busy or have we made ourselves insanely busy we've lost focus? What do we really want in life? It has been said, over the years, that if you strip away the strappings of life - people from all over the world, no matter which walk of life they come from - all yearn for the same thing. The Dalai Lama once said "I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being."

Boracay, Philippines

Why not take a pause and take the time to just enjoy the present today? There is an absolute and undeniable joy and beauty in living the simplest moments in life.

Do what makes you happy. Do what makes you smile.


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