Chop Wood, Draw Water
Still it is now.
Happy Daylight Savings Time! Do you ever wonder what happens to that hour that disappears while you’re sleeping? Where does it go? Do people on the opposite side of the world get to use it?
We all sleep. We wake up to a new day. Or are we waking up to an old day? Even if we’re doing the same things we do every Monday, can we slow down to smell our coffee? To taste the oatmeal, each grain and raisin and walnut? What if we engaged all our senses while eating our breakfast and included a feeling of thankfulness? Could that change how we interact with the next person we meet? And if we change that interaction from something expected to something unexpected, maybe more generous and accepting, how might that change that person’s day or ours?
This haiku reminds me of a saying I learned early in my yoga training: Before enlightenment: chop wood, draw water. After enlightenment: chop wood, draw water. In other words, no matter what we do or how many hours we have, we have choices about how to live our life. We can see what we do as a chore or an opportunity to help others. Being in the now is about knowing we can only change ourselves, but that we are also connected to and affect all around us.