uxuries have a habit of becoming necessities. WiFi. Coffee. Indoor bathrooms.
We are born with so little but spend our lives collecting. Collecting wisdom, I endorse. Collecting things, I don't. I won’t pretend to have found a way to stop doing the latter. Commas in the bank, technology, or memories few can afford - I have work to do.
I had dinner last night with a colleague and a friend. A romantic place complete with tapered candles :). We spent most of our time discussing work, the pressures, and the ever-moving goal line. Largely self-induced. We also talked about the candle in the middle of the table. We appreciated it. The flame. Dancing. Moving. Color changing. A little magical.
We could have spent all our time worrying, working, and wondering. Fortunately, we stopped and recognized that little moment. How many other moments did we let go by that day? A life enjoyed is a series of moments when ‘this’ is enough. Peace.
Candles, sunrises, and hugs. That piece of chocolate cake you stop and get on the way home to share with your person. And all the other beautiful things that happen from moment to moment. May we be present enough to recognize them. May they bring us peace, purpose, and joy.
Here’s to collecting moments.
I'll leave you with a couple of words from others. Onward.
Rules of a Knight by Ethan Hawke
There have always been two ways to be rich: accumulating vast sums or needing very little.
You have caught the message of wisdom if you can die as free from care as you were at birth.
A small pond. A sunrise. My best friend. When we stood still, the fish would nibble at our feet. I'll never forget that moment.