“Life is waiting everywhere, the future is flowering everywhere,
but we only see a small part of it and step on much of it with our feet.”
—HERMANN HESSE, GERMAN-SWISS POET AND NOVELIST
Hi everyone! Just wanted to share a compelling quote today, one I have attached to every email I send out, mostly as a reminder to myself. “Life is waiting everywhere….” What does that mean to you? For just a minute, stop whatever your are doing and look around you. What do you see that you didn’t notice until now? What is going on around you that you are so good at tuning out? Keep looking. Rub your eyes, take a deep breath, and listen. What is your heart telling you, can you hear that? What are you feeling? “We only see a small part of it, and step on much of it…” Look outside your window. Is it snowing, is the sun shining? When was the last time you took a walk, stepping out of that routine, just for a moment, to switch things up? Are you living life, or is life living you?
“Life is waiting, flowering…” This “life” is alive. In its infinite potential it is active, it is breathing, it is waiting, waiting for us to choose, to create something out of nothing. Ooohhh the possibilities are endless, we can choose from many paths, even change direction many times, but the poet says, “but we only see a small part of it…” We recognize only a small part of the infinite potential of what this life can be, of what life can offer. We just do not see it, but this potential dwells in the heart, waiting to be expressed. Its there! What stops us…what blinds us, what limits us? We do…for the quote goes on to say, “we step on much of it with our feet…” We do not tread carefully, mindfully, we walk through life on autopilot and in doing so we miss soooo much!
Of course if we paid attention to all that goes on around us we would be overwhelmed and probably stuck and unable to move forward because the choices would be endless, and we would not trust ourselves to make the “best” choice. Or maybe we have become so entangled in life and we wonder how we got there. Thankfully, life doesn’t commit you to just one choice like the Genie who grants only Three Wishes. Life allows us to make choices everyday, every singe day! Life allows us to look again, to change course, to change our minds everyday…..if we choose to do so….
Listen to your heart, it is full of all your hopes and dreams, still. Perhaps you want your life to be more full, perhaps you want to slow it down a bit. If life seems limited in any way or does not seem full of possibility and boundless potential, look again. Your life is out there, alive, breathing, waiting. Remove the blinders and take your next step mindfully. Everyday, express the life that lives in your soul.