Did you ever notice that there’s lots of middle ground between start and finish.
It’s where life is lived.
There are those among us who make many starts and rarely finish. There are others, who are so focused on finishing, that they zip by what’s in the center.
Both sets of folks are ignoring life’s prime real estate in the middle.
Life is consciously doing, not the thinking about doing or having the doing be on automatic pilot.
Life is the dash between dates as we can easily see when we view a grave stone. Many are dashing through life, missing its essence while robotically doing tasks; while others’ lives never begin because they are busy conjuring up new starts that fizzle after take-off.
Both miss the middle.
Life is at its fullest when there is an awareness of what you are doing.
Take exercise for example. There are those who perpetually plan to start a program and never do, and there are others who regularly finish their routine without giving attention to it. They both miss the aliveness which is a natural byproduct of aware doing.
Life is felt most when we are actively engaged in it.
Doing it by rote or avoiding doing it at all, are at opposite ends of life.
There’s a reason they put the sweetest part of an Oreo cookie in the middle.
If you are waiting for the excitement of life to begin, you have to start and actively engage in every step. If you feel life is passing you by, you are passing it by by not slowing down and enjoying the steps from start to finish.
I know a couple who were always announcing how anxious they were to have their kids grow up and be out of the house. Now that that has officially happened, this same couple has moved across country to be near their children. They missed that middle ground of life by not actively engaging in it.
Actively doing is the missing piece in most peoples’ lives. They are busy missing the present moment by either planning a future that never starts, or focusing on the finish line while blindly running by all the sights.
Between start and finish is where the sweetness is found. It’s called “Now.”
Actively engage in now and enhance the quality of your dash.
All the best,
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