Stress Relief: Appreciating This Moment

23
May

Twilight

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”― Thích Nhất Hạnh

And with this quote in mind, I want to talk about shredding machines. Yes, I really do. Bear with me. This shredding machine has changed my whole life!

My husband and I recently purchased one. 

It was a big event to use it.

Once in motion, once we started shredding away, we couldn’t believe the amount of paper, files, and detritus single human beings can accumulate.

Record-keeping (of every conceivable variety) filed away, that we had forgotten about, hadn’t given a thought to, in eons, the piles upon piles of papers: newspaper clippings, tips about gardening, cooking, pet management, career, real estate, household maintenance, parenting, not to mention ancient certificates, awards, university transcripts, earliest resumes (foolish, naive and so hopeful.)

Which files, papers and mementos stay? Which ones go?

Those that ‘go,’ after careful consideration are inserted into the powerful machine.

The machine is turned on.  There is no turning back once the shredding process begins. Then, surprisingly, a heart wrenching emotion – sentimentality – envelopes, as you watch seemingly unimportant files – your life’s records – suddenly obliterated into teeny bits of confetti. All that ‘life’ filed down to dust. Mindblower!

A shocking reminder of having kept way too much stuff for way too long.

Of how little of value ever truly remains.

A poignant and staggering reminder of how much time has gone by.

Through my own shredding process, and the task of reviewing huge piles of files and records from days gone by, I unearthed massive numbers of “I love you Mommy” art mementos, cards and handwritten notes from my children. Beautiful keepsakes that I haven’t looked at since they were created, which I stored away quickly and urgently so as not to lose or forget them. But isn’t it shocking how much in life is forgotten! When I gazed at these precious works of art, I realized how faraway that time, that place, that part of my life now is.

It’s painful but also good to remember this. Single moments in time end up framing a life. As long as we are here, our memories and special moments make up who we are. This is calming to know. It slows us down, we are moving far too fast.

This wisdom, gained, yes, from a shredding machine, follows me everywhere. It can follow all of us, if we’re tuned in to what life is really about.

On a particularly beautiful night recently, at twilight, I stood outside my garden shed to to listen – really listen – to the orchestral musings of the robins, so busy chattering, establishing territory as they are, at this time of year. As I listened, I looked up, and marvelled at the outline of the trees, black and stately against the darkening sky, their tips slowly bursting with new leaves. As darkness fell, deeper and deeper, the robin’s seemingly endless calls gave over to complete silence. The trees stood still. Darkness, utter quiet. The magic moment was gone. But. I had savoured it.

Moments are all we have. Enlightenment is all around. Have you found it?

 

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