I don’t know about you, but I’m very grateful for any reminder to just breathe, be present and to simply notice and appreciate the little things in life. When you think about it, what else is there? And, being present to what is as much as we can is not mutually exclusive with having hope and vision for the future or planning as necessary. The problem is that when we spend much more time in the past and the future than in the present, we aren't truly experiencing our lives. On the flip side, having a dependence on staying in the moment to avoid dealing with the icky stuff in our lives also creates problems. Like everything else, it's about finding the right balance.
If you need a bit of evidence about the benefits and power of staying present, try this little exercise:
Recall a few specific times in your life when you felt pure joy. Just think of moments in time. They can be recently, long ago or anywhere in-between. I predict that you'll find they were often, if not always, when you were completely present and aware right in that moment.
Did you ever notice that simply by changing the position of one letter, the word SCARED becomes the word SACRED?
That gave me pause. I don't know why I never noticed it before. So I started thinking (dangerous, I know) Not being a particularly religious person, though fairly spiritual, I had to look up the actual definition. I do this pretty frequently, even when I know or think I know what a word means, to make sure it's being used correctly and to look for nuance.
Everyone probably knows the most common meaning of the word sacred as it relates to religion, deity, and as a synonym for holy. Although I didn't learn anything new from my visit with Mr. Webster, the reminders were appreciated and resonant. In no particular order:
- devoted exclusively to one service or use (as of a person or purpose);
- entitled to reverence and respect; and,
- highly valued and important
When I thought about the word sacred with its various meanings, and how being scared could be and likely IS in the way of my having or achieving certain things I deem highly important, I was a little bit surprised. It's not that I've never examined how fear has been or is an obstacle for me; it's that simply by changing the language, I looked at it a bit differently which was, and continues to be enlightening for me. It's a great reminder that changing our PERSPECTIVE can sometimes be the most effective tool we have. I've always loved words and language, so for me, this is just another reason to appreciate semantics. Nuance is important.
If looking at this issue (how fear is in your way) changes at all when you re-phrase the question to How does being scared prevent or preclude the sacred in my life?, I'd love to hear about it.
So, on a rainy Thursday morning, I'm raising my coffee mug to language, semantics and to creating more of whatever we hold as sacred in our lives!
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- From SCARED to SACRED
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