Are you familiar with squirrels scampering around the world, free as can be?
Do you have a house pet?
My dog is a very good spiritual teacher for me.
She generally knows when meals arrive and the signals for when I’m getting ready to take her for our walk around the neighborhood.
Yet she never worries whether it’s too early or too late for something, or if she’s too fluffy or snores too loudly to be worthy of love. She doesn’t have the sense of time passing to wonder if she’s living her best life or wasting her potential.
What time is it for my sweet dog Bailey?
Now. It’s always simply “now.”
This is among the many reasons I adore Bailey so much.
I was on the phone with a client recently and we were talking about how human time is totally made up.
Yes, the earth rotates around the sun and tilts on its axis so that we experience seasons, yes, yes, fine.
But time? That linear approach to our lives that’s nearly all fiction?
“Be at this meeting by 3 PM…
and don’t start a business when you’re 67…
and it’s too late to find love if you’re a person in your [20s/30s/40s/50s/60s/70s/80s]…
and, please make sure you live an EPIC life before you run out of time!”
I said “It’s not like that squirrel outside gets the Sunday Scaries!”
We had quite the laugh at that.
Really, can you imagine?
Squirrels on a schedule, planning their squirrel weeks?
Squirrels wondering how they are going to work, take care of the house, get in the best shape of their lives, plus work in 3.72 hours of self-care each morning before getting the kids out the door for school? Phew!
This week, your challenge is to look at your life with a deep awareness that 99% of it is plain ol’ manufactured, made up, totally-not-really-real social construct.
The squirrels are getting by out there without their calendars and appointments and roadmaps to personal growth.
Now, I love all of those things.
I know we choose to live in this totally-not-really-real social construct of time in order to obtain things like food, shelter and wi-fi.
I continue to practice the art of not taking it seriously.
Because it’s all made up.
And that allows me to hold it all so much more lightly.
Practicing the art of being in The Now allows me to enjoy my minutes so, so much more.
Give it a try. Put on your squirrel eyes for a few days. See what you notice!
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