Hide and Watch

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May 282008

 

Do you find yourself growing impatient waiting for things to happen? It does seem that way too much of our time is spent waiting, doesn’t it?

Waiting for the microwave to heat a cup of coffee….waiting for the computer to reboot….waiting for a delivery…waiting for an answer to a question we think should require a simple "Yes" or "No"….waiting to find (or start) a new job…waiting….waiting…

What do you do with all that time? Multi-task? Pick up a book and read? Jot a few notes in your to-do list? Kick the cat?

If you’re anything like me, waiting seems to be a terrible waste of time, especially when that wait is keeping you from doing what you want to do — make productive use of your time and energy.

When my children were growing up, it seemed they were constantly asking impatiently, "When are we…..?"  or "When can I….?" They were always in such a hurry to move on. Back then I’d tell them, "Don’t be in such a hurry…everything will happen in good time…Hide and Watch."

Since then the tables have turned. Now I’m the one losing patience with the waiting game. I’m ready to move on…and must bide my time until everything falls into place. What a waste, I think, time is so short.

Life is indeed much too short… But  spending some time waiting can be a very good thing. It gives our spirits a chance to catch up with the frenzied life style we developed while we were learning to do the most productive thing with every waking moment. Waiting time is a gift. It’s time to regroup. It’s time to refocus. It’s time when we can just be in the moment.

With a "Hide and Watch" attitude, we learn that we don’t, after all, have to be on the go constantly. We learn that it is perfectly ok to just sit back and experience the moment…quietly. It’s ok to just be — without the need to control what’s going on around us. What a precious discovery when we learn that we really don’t have to have that level of control.

"Hide and watch" gives us permission to discover that each and every moment of our existence is sweet.

The More Things Change...

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Apr 282008

 

Do you get the sinking feeling that the world is going to Hell in a hand basket of late? Well, you’re not alone, those of us who have watched history repeat itself over and over again in our life times, are indeed more than a little disturbed by events since the turn of the century. We had great visions of a grand new world where peace would reign and we’d finally enjoy an era of worldwide prosperity.

Instead, the first decade of the 21st century seems to have brought us a general melt-down on all sides…global as well as local. We’ve seen enough war and destruction to fill a library of books rivaling War and Peace in sheer volume. And it doesn’t stop with global issues. Even our families and neighborhoods are at odds with each other. Control and dominance is pervasive everywhere.

In the midst of all the negatives, memories of Sr. Mary’s history classes keep haunting me. She was one stern history teacher. Few of my high school teachers were as demanding as she. Oh, how we hated memorizing all those dates! And, her exams were something else! It wasn’t enough to know the dates…we knew we’d be expected to deliver written essays on the pros and cons, whys and wherefores of wars and famines in bygone eras…stuff that "nobody cares about today". But she stood firm. "History repeats itself," she’d tell us. "You must understand the past if you expect to build a better future." 

I know, for a fact, she wouldn’t much approve of "sound bytes" that we get for news today. Heck, if we’d tried to slap together anything like the news reports we get in today’s media we would have been assured an "F".

So, even though I’m not a particularly political type person, I’m truly glad that we have the internet and well-stocked libraries. It does take some digging to get past the media hype and claptrap, but we can drill down to get to the story behind the story if we really want to. And, in doing so, we can bring perspective to our present human condition. Because, Sr. Mary was right… history does repeat itself…the more things change…the more they remain the same. 

The great orator Cicero (106-143 B.C.) had much the same concerns we have today. He’s said to have complained, "Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book…."

Just look how far we’ve come from there. ‘spose we can finally achieve the kind of change that will make a difference this time? Hope springs eternal.

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