We are living in such strange and uncertain times for which we have no playbook. The rules are being made up as we go along. Rules, if we play by them, will keep us safe. Then there are those who insist on marching to their own drum. In normal times that would be cool. Not, however, in these current circumstances. This led me to the question, what are we committed to? Are we just doing what we can to get by and get through? How can we make a difference for ourselves and those within our spheres? What came to me was commitment. Commitment to what or to whom? What does commitment mean anyway?
I don’t feel commitment is necessarily about how much time we give to something or someone. It seems to me that commitment is more about presence and attention.
Are we giving 100% of our attention to what’s going on in front of us, or are we splitting our attention between people, technology, daydreams, background music, news, and more?
In the early weeks of the pandemic I was quite busy and focused. I connected with several friends, went on a number of webinars, took and taught a course. All of these things were meaningful, positive and to which I was fully present. More recently a lot of those good vibes seem to have waned a bit. I find myself drifting a little here, a little there; attention splitting and mind wandering. Not a real happy state. The question became, what do I want to do about it? What kind of commitment do I need to recapture that earlier meaning and positivity?
Truth be told, I’ve come to find some enjoyment splitting my attention among a number of distractions. I am also aware that too much of that is not healthy over the long haul. Despite a little grumbling in my mind, I made the decision to commit to be fully present and attentive to whatever activity in which I had chosen for a particular time. It was not necessary to eliminate some of those interests. It was more a matter of being mindful and engaged as much as possible.
I essentially reminded myself of what happens when we live our lives mindlessly. Sometimes goofy things happen like picking up a TV remote and talking into it as if it was the phone. Other times more dire things happen that can affect life and limb.
There are Two morals to this:
One: With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment. Thich Nhat Hanh
Two: Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. Mother Teresa
Comments are welcomed.