I was pruning my bonsai tree (which was lovingly named “Sideshow Bob”) in the studio space today. He often gets little brown ends on his long green strands. In the midst of thoughtfully removing the brown tips that I could find towards the back of his locks, I turned my attention to his closer strands and noticed I had missed all the ones right in front of me.
And it dawned on me…..isn’t that the mindset that I (we) fall into so many times? Always looking past the present towards what will be, could be, might be…. And missing what is right there in front of us, in the now. And even if I am aware of the present, there is always some element of planning spinning around in my head.
I came across this poem yesterday which reminded me so eloquently to be in the present without distraction. And then I remember to breathe….and see what is right in front of me. Enjoy.
Pablo Neruda from “Keeping Quiet”
Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.
It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together in a sudden strangeness.
Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.
Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.
What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.
If we were not so single minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.
Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.
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