“it is something, I believe, that people beset by the complexities of modern life will understand instinctively. We are caught up in the hullabaloo the thinking man is driven to ponder where he is being blown and to long desperately for some quiet place where he can reason undisturbed and take inventory.” Richard E. Byrd (aka – Admiral Byrd)
on the last flight, I was taken aback by the sheer size of the planet, and how humans, while really great tool makers, really are a bit tiny on the planetary scale. flying over glaciers and majestic empty expanses of the arctic circle, you are given a sense of just how small and tiny we are. what I don’t really understand is why we think we are in some way so big or superior on the planet?
with the prototype we are building for space for people to decompress from the world, I still tell people, “you really don’t need this. all you have to do is go out into nature, away from people and sit and wait…you will eventually come to a place with yourself and the creator.”
“how long does that take? I have to budget my time. I am so busy!"
“I don’t think you can plan on when it will happen. I think each person is different and the more you live in the current world of man and running along in a bit of a gerbil cage, the longer it will take for you to get rid of the habits and familiarity of your life to open up space to actually see yourself.”
“I can’t do that!" and then one almost could add, "I am too busy running around slowing killing myself living to work that I have completely forgotten you can simply work to live." it is really odd how this process works, of which I think inside the USA, the advertising, marketing, and American dream creators probably never intended to commodify human beings into numbers on a spreadsheet? (i hope they didn't)
maybe that is the irony of people who constantly run around “so busy.” do I know a few people that use every moment of time to work on something constructive? yes. A few. more often the “too busy’ people wander in a disheveled stressed out life because they allowed the obligations in life to blind them of the priorities in life. it isn’t a bad thing. it simply is something where if you don’t take your time to get out of the noise of the world, how can you actually hear yourself?
getting back to the irony part, if you take that time for yourself. and I realize this is common sense…you meditate/pray, exercise, eat sensibly, and get enough sleep – aka – take care of yourself, you will have plenty of time to use on life and making changes in things that matter.
its ok if you laugh, I was living a strange life till 2005 where what the world told me was life, came to a halt when I met the old man in the desert and a process of change has happened where today I am starting to realize how tiny I am in all of this. what is so cool is that even a tiny dot has a spot in the immense space of this planet.
I think there is a shift happening where “stuff” is being found to not really fill someone’s heart and soul. this is good, but it will make a space where people will either continue to live in their habits, fear, too busy, or “look at the other person” mentality – or actual change will happen – within each of us.
I will get a copy of this book from Admiral Byrd, as I wonder what living life in nature is really like. I know it is not some romanticized view, but with all the various tools we have…there is no reason one cannot live a decent quality of life in and with nature.
take some time to be still wiht yourself today, make a habit of it. in time you will realize how much free time you create for yourself to live, and not just "busy- ness."