: Face : To the HighwayPosted: May 20, 2014 Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: blogging, compassion, cycling, exercise, family, fitness, free range, freshly pressed, friends, gluten free, happiness, health, hope, Innocence, kindness, life, love, marathon, meditation, motivation, musings, natural, nature, Omaha, passion, perspective, pilates, Roles, running, thoughts, writing, yoga, Zen 8 Comments
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how-
Who am I, really?
Would you live any differently than you do today? Would you be any happier, more fulfilled, or satisfied with your life if you could shed the role(s) we so often present ourselves as?
Why do we spend so much time and energy, defining ourselves to others? “Hi, I’m Jeremy – I have X amount of degrees, I’m a Father, I work for X and do X things. I drive a Toyota (not a Prius)” … You can probably sense where I am going here?!?
I remember a time when we didn’t define ourselves by “roles“, a time in which we didn’t define anything really, and what a beautiful period of time it was: “I wonder what that Blue Jay is carrying? How long is it before Summer graces us with her warmth? Why does my bike wobble when I pedal faster? What does black raspberry ice-cream taste like?“
A time when small questions revealed our true self. Interesting, to rediscover our true selves we need to be curious and amazed by the small things in life, believing that anything – is truly possible, however out of this world they may be.
I implore you today to substitute your adult “roles“, with “small questions” … Innocence. and what it feels like to be in love – Again.
Love your message! It’s easier, I find to get into this wondrous mindset in the spring as many wondrous things are going on…we just need to be aware. Have a great day:)
… And what a beautiful day it is! Thank you for an inspiring, heart felt class this morning – I truly needed it. 🙂
Another great post.
One of my least favorite questions: “What do you do?”
It is not the important question, and my answer won’t tell you much about who I am.
You are right. It is the small questions that reveal the true self. The small things are often the important things.
I loathe the question “What do you do?” … There are few things that instantly shut me off in social settings, this is one of them. Much of our innocence and curiosity in this beautiful world is lost when we take on our roles, instead of simply being. 🙂
I really do try to appreciate and take in the small things in life. Strangely, this has freed me from from a lot of weight on my shoulders and has instilled peace in my home; excellent reflections 🙂
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and inspiring comment! 🙂
Your thoughts bring sanity to an image-oriented world. In line with your post, one of my favorite “non-activities” is when I take my camera on walks and photograph “forgotten” objects. Small moments are precious.
Small moments, such as sharing a kind and thoughtful comment … Mean the world to me _ Thank you!