When we begin reading a story, or writing one for that matter, we begin with fervor and gusto. We are excited to see where it takes us. We read it Mindfully: Aware of the action and suspense that pulls us forward. We live life the same way. In the beginning, all is new and fresh. Our senses are alive and well. We miss nothing.
Yet, when we get to the middle of our story, excitement wanes. Magnetism to it wanes. We skim through to the next interesting part. Skimming through the middle of the book causes us to miss parts of the story that we might have found to be noteworthy.
Living life in the Middles, like reading the Middles, means we take our story for granted and rush through it. Missing pieces means missing our children growing up, or missing a job opportunity, or even missing romantic moments with our spouses/partners.
The Middles doesn’t have to mean that we skim through life. When we make conscious decisions to stop and look around us, to lay obligations to the side for a moment, we slow down our reading. We take in the whole story…children, partners, and jobs. We appreciate what we have. We are awake for the next act and not regretting missed scenes.
Living Mindfully means loving the Middles. It means slowing down and seeing all the characters in our story and appreciating them. It means realizing that now is the best that it can be.
The next time we find ourselves skimming, slow down and read well. See the beauty around us and the beauty of our situations…no matter what they may be.
Living in the now and being Mindful are integral parts of transforming our chaos into cosmos. Let’s love our stories, beginnings, middles, and ends and see the cosmos that appear before us.
What parts of your story are you missing because you skimmed through?
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© Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011