Friday, July 27, 2012

quote of the week

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I think there is a theme in my quotes of late. Can you see it?

Sometimes I feel like it's so easy to think about tomorrow at the expense of today. Taoist teachings tell us to be present in the now. Hell, tons of teachings tell us that. So I guess I'm not alone in my thoughts of what will be instead of what is, right now.

But I think that we do ourselves a disservice by not taking time to stop and smell the roses. (Yeah, I'm full of witty maxims today).

On the other hand, while it's simple to say live in the now, how the hell do we actually do it? Particularly in the world of instant gratification, instant communication, and multi-tasking?

For me I think this means consciously unplugging at least once a week. As a blogger and a scrapbooking, I'm obsessed with taking pictures, texting, documenting the story, which means that sometimes I only see life from the other side of the lens, without actually being in it. I don't want my friends and family to look back and remember me as only the photographer and writer, even though I value those roles!

This is part of the reason why I make Mr Faye take part in the Project Life scrapbook endeavour (so that I can just be there sometimes instead of always documenting it). This is also why I take less pictures. And why I don't blog on the weekend. And why we decided to go for bike rides together and go for brunch at least once every 2 weeks, just to spend time together, talking.

I think that sometimes the moments in life that define us are in the details that we are forced to consciously remember, not just in the public record of photos, blogs, and journals. It's in the moment of sitting over wine, together on French terrasse, laughing over some crazy stunt that Mr Faye has done again. Some joke that I don't remember but that I savor in the now as part of a collection of moments of shared joy that I can reflect back on in old age, knowing that we have lived well together in a life full of laughter.

When I look back at my life I want to see a collection of stories, photos, but most of all, moments that make my heart smile. I think that would make for a life lived to its fullest "breadth and depth and height my soul can reach." ebb


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