So last post, I lamented on some of the things that cloud our perception of life on a daily basis (you remember, sad, depressing news stories…). Anyway, I threw out the notion that perhaps people have somewhat abandoned thinking and taken up residence in the land of “just acting out”. I also alluded to fact that I believe that there is something deeper going on here. Well, I know that I am not the first to bring up this concept, but I do believe that folks have lost the ability to be still and be content. “What ?!?!!” (you might be saying) “Nothing new here – keep moving…” (no pun intended, of course). Well it turns out that we have long known that contentment is a very essential part of establishing a healthy balance within our lives, even if it is somewhat difficult to achieve at times given varying circumstances and our desires. However, I believe that the “be still…” part is the piece that is often missing. In today’s “global” and “modern” world, where we are moving much faster than the average human walking speed design of about 5 km/h (approximately 3 mph), we just don’t take time to be still. That’s right… stop for a moment and relax, rest, observe, take note of, appreciate, etc, etc, so forth and so on. When I was younger, I used to dismiss what my grandparents, parents, and other “older” folks used to say about slowing down and enjoying life. Now I get it!! Okay, so you might still not see how this ties into the woes of the world that I referenced before (remember the downer news stories), but think for a moment – What if some people took time to be still and be content? Perhaps they would have time to think first? Perhaps they wouldn’t feel the need to act out? Perhaps.
Anyway, this still doesn’t end our discussion… more to come in subsequent posts.