While cutting tomatoes, I think about work.
I am back from a client meeting, I think about going to Japan.
I am in Italy for a short excursion, I dream about working in the wine industry.
Sadly, I talk to friends, while I think about my parents.
When I am with my parents, we talk about the past.
People often relate their happiness to the presence of another person, to some prerequisites (travelling, higher income, free time) and live with the future promise to become happy. One day – WHEN… IF…
Songs, articles, social norms, routine, movies, they all scream: ‘I wish YOU were here.’
And certainly one day we get to that point in life, when we utter, silently, almost scared to say it out loud, to ourselves:
I wish I were here.
The marketing, political and economic spheres benefit vastly from this lack of clear inner voice. When confused, people could be easily cornered. Manipulated.
Interesting revelations became apparent while reading through Seth Goddin’s post on happiness:
‘The question worth pondering is: are you seeking out the imperfect to justify your habit of being unhappy? Does something have to happen in the outside world for you to be happy inside?’
‘Marketers spend billions of dollars trying to create a connection between what we see in the mirror and our happiness, implying that others are judging us in a way that ought to make us unhappy.’
It is damn interesting how we perceive time and location. It rarely is ‘here and now’. The mind leaps to ‘there and then’. We postpone living, as if we could afford doing it forever. Surrounded by precious items, comfort-ensuring statements and a pile of plans, we proceed to the illusion we own something else but this very moment.
We own this moment. 🙂
We are rich.
However, every time we lose focus on ‘here and now’, we go spiritually bankrupt.