Are you a busy bee, or just too busy as a person to try and cope with your every day life: Working hard, trying to be friendly at work, try not to feel guilty for not spending enough time with your kids, wrestling with being a great husband, dad, mom, friend, etcetera. Try to do the shopping, to have a meal on table every night, not even a great meal sometimes - just a meal! Then the other things like dentists' appointments, gynaecologist stuff, eye testing (which haven't been done in years), children's activities, work functions, keeping your social life running, reading, tweeting, facebooking (the last three are luxuries!) and try to keep sane when your budget doesn't make it again for another month?
Above mentioned came to me this morning with a bang. I had some time (at last) to sit and write an article on "not giving in to your child" as well as something on mental toughness, divorce and self-concept for my website. It took me quite some time (up to two hours), to try to manage my website, sticking to an appointment with my husband, re-thinking the most time saving menu for the next week, and catching up with some magazine articles which I couldn't read for a long time. And I thought I was just managing everything at least and then it happened: I inserted a wrongly named photo into one of my articles and of course erased the photo. BUT between me and the technology I managed to erased everything I did to cover the next two months on my website!
Then the following happend in this order:
- My first thought was to start crying.
- Second thought, it won't help at all, so go and make some tea to calm down.
- Third thought and action: ask my husband to try to retrieve the detail (which wasn't possible - the retrieving detail action).
- Fourth thought: It was time to do the "thing" that I wanted to do in the first place this morning (but instead I chose to pay attention to the technology stuff): To watch Louie Schwartzberg's TED talk 9 minute (yes only 9 minutes) DVD on nature, beauty and gratitude.
This is my story in short and the "thing" I wanted to do early this morning:
Do you know TED talks? Now, if you know it you will know that it's life changing and if you've never heard of it before, I can really recommend it. Only the world's most inspired and BEST people take part in TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) in order to use their passion to change ideas, life and the future. I've also read Pico Iyer's book The art of silence. I've just finished it yesterday night.
Your heart will open up and you will see the blessings and joy which you can't see anymore due to not being able to do what you know you should (Like I knew, but didn't do this morning): to experience the art and strength and power of silence.
So, do you want today, and tomorrow and every other day to turn out as a good day?
Let silence shows you how your eyes, smile and touch can become life giving (most of all to yourself and then to the people close to you).
Come on, make the choice with me today, we deserve this every day! Go now and see Pico Iyer's TED talk (14 minutes).