Let each moment of life fill you completely; let it touch you to the depths of your being.
The modern world thrives on fast living. We have instant access to almost everything available online. And we huff and puff when the internet is even a little bit slower to deliver!
There is constant movement in life. And rarely do we take the time to be in each moment before we move onto the next one.
You get a sense of this as you watch someone scroll through social media. Connecting with each message for mere seconds before moving on.
We are forever chasing after something else, something newer and shinier.
So it is that we expect our evolution and growth to also be somewhat instantaneous!
Often, we are disappointed when we don’t have what we want, or are not where we want to be.
And I feel we have lost of the fine art of being.
I was recently reminded of this as I attended an exhibition of a Chinese painter and calligrapher Fang Zhaoling who was remarkable in so many ways.
Born in 1914. Widowed at 36. Mother of 8 children. She studied under all the great masters of her time.
A trailblazer for women of her time. For single mothers. For artists.
Her work spans several decades and as you walk through the gallery, you can clearly see her distinct style evolving over the years.
Much like the early works of Cézanne and Picasso, her first ink work followed those of her teachers.
Her unique playful style only really fully emerging after almost thirty years of careful refinement and experimentation.
Seeing the evolution of her work instinctually reminded me of the passage of time that is necessary for growth and maturation.
The unique expression of who we are does not happen overnight. It will evolve over time. And it is essential that it evolves over time.
This process cannot be hastened.
Every step we take is one we must take. There are no missteps. And there are no short cuts. Every step takes you closer to your truth.
Life, like art, is a process of refinement of what you know, of what you learn.
You may feel right now you’re never going to “get there”, that you will never know enough, be enough.
You may also feel you have been at this stage of where ever you are at for the longest time.
The truth is that there is really no where you need to get to, and no where else you need to be but here.
When you reflect on life as an entire passage, you see the perspective of where you have come from, where you are at now, and where you are going.
There is great comfort in knowing this.
This path you are on, is where you are.
Your becoming takes time. Honour the process.
The mastery of who you are is your life’s work. This is your true purpose.
Let’s remember to enjoy each moment for all that it holds.
We all start at the beginning
This means you may not be very good at the start, you may fall, make mistakes. This is all part of your growth, your becoming. Explore unafraid and embrace each step of the way.
There is no destination
When you keep your focus on the future with when’s, and if’s, then you miss what you have right now. And it is spectacularly in the now that everything happens.
Honour your journey
Your path is uniquely yours, and it will most certainly look different to those of others around you. Rejoice in that and let go of comparing with another to validate your choices.