For the past few weeks I have had a Thomas Merton, quote visible in my office that says "Life is not a puzzle to be solved but a mystery to be lived". Something about it resonates with me and whenever it catches my eye I give it a little more thought. My natural tendency is to handle life from the puzzle orientation always working, moving, switching pieces around trying to find that sweet spot. That can be exhilarating when you find a few pieces that fit together just right, but it can also be quite tiring because the puzzle is never actually finished so you don't allow yourself to relax in the mystery of the moments that have come together just perfectly.
Lesson Number 1- Napping Dog
There is a restlessness that is inherent in our western culture and I sometimes wonder if it is because we don't have the long history that other parts of the world have. We still have a new frontier mentality, a settle the west urge. Does walking on ancient marble steps help you to realize from an early age that you are part of something larger? What if we approached life more like the dog we had to walk around on our recent journey? What if we just decided to luxuriate in the moment and allow ourselves to lay down in the middle of everyone else's crazy path to have a mid-day nap? The utter and complete confidence of the dog and its state of total relaxation was something to witness. I'm lousy at napping but it's a mystery that I think I want to try living.