The Vacation, by Wendell Berry
Once there was a man who filmed his vacation.
He went flying down the river in his boat
with his video camera to his eye,
making a moving picture of the moving river
upon which his sleek boat moved swiftly
toward the end of his vacation.
He showed his vacation to his camera, which pictured it,
preserving it forever: the river, the trees,
the sky, the light, the bow of his rushing boat
behind which he stood with his camera
preserving his vacation even as he was having it
so that after he had had it he would still have it.
It would be there. With a flick of a switch, there it would be.
But he would not be in it. He would never be in it.
I hope you are living "in" your life today. And that you are developing an awareness, a sense of what it feels like to be present there. If you want more, keep seeking and asking. Sometimes our inspiration is found in simple quietness, sometimes in Nature, at other times through reading. Below are some reading suggestions:
A Helpful Guide to Becoming Unbusy, by Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist.
Lessons from Madame Chic, by Jennifer L. Scott: ways we can learn from the French to make the most of life. You may want to start with Part Three on living well.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me . . . learn the unforced rhythms of grace. . . . Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly. Matt 11:28-30, The Message