24February

A bee in my bonnet

It's all about the ps and qs

AntAnna's into ants at the moment. Pointing and grunting when one comes into view. She'll spend ages just waiting for one and then pointing. There's nothing I can do except notice with her and think, wow, yes, that is amazing, something so small and so industrious. There is a lot of standing and staring in my world right now.

With all of that said I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet at the moment. This particular bee is one about saying please and thank you. Yes, I know, I have officially migrated back to the 1880s. It's true, it seems like a little thing so me being me had this churning around in my brain until I figured out what was at the bottom of it. Because there's always something at the end of it, there is always a reason. Often what riles us has roots in something much bigger, the external view is only symptomatic of something far more critical at stake.

What is it about saying please and thank you that means so much to me. When it comes down to it it's about gratitude. And really, what is gratitude? It is time, it is a moment spent considering something or someone else. It is a moment of pause. A moment to notice. A time to be present. We can spend a lot of time worrying about what everyone else is thinking and all that does is distract us, because you know what everyone else is thinking about? Themself. Mostly. We can spend time waiting for something bigger to come along, waiting for it all to come together, to start. All that leads to is waiting and everything else which goes along with that - frustration, anger, emptiness. In the end pretty unfulfilling.

Or we can choose to notice, to watch the ant in its industry. To notice all the things which are happening in every moment just so we can live our life, the ant which walks across our path is a path which was built for us. It's pretty incredible when you think about it and the more you think about it the easier it becomes, who built the path, why did it get built there, yes, it works, it makes sense - thank goodness I have somewhere paved to get me to where I want to go.

But why bother? Because when you do take time for the small things, life changes. Life becomes something wondrous and joyful, our breathing eases and we're no longer inhibited by doubt. You're no longer waiting for something, you are open to whatever is happening right now. Moment by moment. Ant by ant.

Posted in 2016

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