September 6, 2009
© Rhoberta Shaler, PhD
Are you mistaking your schedule for your life? If so, you’re not going to have much joy. When the end of your day…or the end of your life, for that matter…arrives, what do you look back on? Does it bring you joy? Better yet, did you bring any joy to anyone else?
Often the answer to the simple question of “How are you?” brings the answer:
“I’m so busy. I’m exhausted.”
That doesn’t seem like a recipe for joy to me. How about you? Yet, even if you don’t say that sentence at the end of your day, you may be thinking or feeling it.
Many people are mistaking their schedule for their life. Fitting in quiet time and reflective moments seems impossible. Time in nature to simply connect, feel the oneness with life, is whittled down to something like: let me walk the dog and get on with the more important things of the day. Even walking the dog gives you an opportunity to see beauty, connect with the cyclical nature of the seasons and life, to move your body and experience joy. If it’s just what has to be done, it’s just the schedule and you’re missing out of Life.
Henry David Thoreau asked an essential question for reflection:
“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?”
What distinguishes us from the ants, in endless search of food, creating assembly lines that fill their days in our kitchens? That’s the big question.
Are you living your values, demonstrating your beliefs and choosing your activities wisely? That would be living in SoulWise Ways. Or, are you mistaking your schedule for your life?