The Forest and The Trees


Learning to be rather than always be doing is one of the most challenging efforts any of us can undertake. Perhaps this is because we are taught at a young age that our value is measured by our legacy and we only have a short time to build one. Legacies being what they are don’t often leave room to be identified as a state of being unmolested by doing. All life is a balancing act and an exploration in our very own alchemists laboratory. We set goals for ourselves, most often struck by our deepest desires, and we work toward those goals. The process of knowing when to add and when to remove becomes clearer with each day in the laboratory. Holding steady vision set on our intentions, keeping our sights on the prize, can also lead to a point where we see only the forest and never the trees.

Just as it takes time to learn how and when to temper our actions in a precise and productive way, it also is a process of learning that enables us to hone our gaze. Keeping our eyes on the path but also taking in the many sights along the way is what fills our memories with joy and our days with wonder. Such vision, narrow while panoramic enables us to see beyond the challenge of the hills in front of us, and out into the glory of the wider landscape.

Rising to the challenge of being rather than doing is the starting point of the transition from a human doing into a human being. Meditation, while difficult to bring into a daily practice, truly serves the pursuit of being…being happy, being mindful, being at peace, being present. Sitting with oneself in the company of whatever is rising and falling away without trying to change it, permits an opportunity to learn how to see the forest and the trees in any and all circumstances. A couple of minutes a day, or every few days, is a fine place to start. Like all paths, the longer you are on it the more you will see and experience.

Perhaps we can learn to leave a human legacy not built of monoliths and fortunes but rather of mindfulness and being? Perhaps we can leave for posterity an example of being that validates kindness, patience, generosity, presence, and love? Perhaps the future is a reflection of our state of being right now and with every moment it is getting more and more beautiful?

Today is a great day to begin.

With love, always, in all ways, for giving,