Sometimes Monday

comes with a good quote:

basically what these works of literature or of art are doing is to say, Stop thinking. Stop expecting. Stop living in the past. Stop living in the future. Stop doing anything and just pay attention to this.” Frederick Buechner

I am having a hard time falling into a good book, a novel I should add. Maybe it is just the busy-ness of work. Maybe over Christmas break. But I am reading this book and it is so good.

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tiny, ordinary moments

“We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment”

Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

I was browsing the Audible sale and saw this book listed. I read it years ago but I thought it might be a good walking companion (really working on making a daily walk into a habit). What a great choice, except that I want to stop and write down quotes every few minutes. So I have a printed copy coming from the library. But this quote – about preparing to live but not being very good at living – this idea has been on my mind for months. I think I need to write this one on a sticky note and put it on my mirror for a daily reminder. Pay attention to this tiny, ordinary moments, like that fuzzy bee and those beautiful, butterfly bush blooms.

Does this strike a chord in your heart too?