By Leo Babauta
Three people are given a magical gift by a luminous, kindhearted fairy.
The gift is that for just one hour, they get to experience magic and wonders. This limited time is filled with visual delights, food of the utmost deliciousness, amazing people with incredible talents, and love.
The first person is a great man, and while he’s grateful for the gift, he has lots to do and so regrettably has to spend a lot of it replying to emails and texts, and checking for updates in social media. He does take some pictures of the delicious food and shares it on social media, though he doesn’t pay attention to the taste.
The second person is a bit of procrastinator (OK, let’s be honest: a big procrastinator), and while she really wants to use this gift wisely, she keeps putting it off. She spends much of the hour watching videos the first guy posts online of the magical world, but she doesn’t go out and experience it herself.
The third person is blown away by this gift. What an incredible opportunity! She realizes she needs to make the most of it, but isn’t sure how.
So she starts by paying attention. She notices every little detail. She listens to the amazing people she meets, and tries to really see them for who they are. She tastes the food and pays close attention to every sensation as she eats, savoring the food slowly.
She then practices gratitude for every moment, every person, everything she’s given. She’s filled with happiness by every little thing in this hour.
Finally, she changes people’s lives. She uses what’s left of this dwindling hour to learn magic skills, to heal people who are struggling (including the first guy), to make things to delight the other amazing people in this magical world.
She becomes the gift for others.
The hour is over, and the first two people realize they’ve wasted the gift, and will never get it again. They’re filled with regret. The third person has no regrets, because she paid attention, was grateful, and used the magic to change lives. She used the gift to its fullest potential.
Which of those three people are you?
Zen Habits on my list of daily blog reads. Leo published this story a few days ago. I wanted to put it on my website so that I will hopefully read it again and again.
And I wanted to share it. These few words are a beautiful reminder to me of what I really want to accomplish in life. While I may not be like the first man, answering emails and checking websites I do tend to busy myself with important tasks like folding clothes and making supper and keeping the shoes off the floor and in the shoe basket! (Deep breath.)
Like the second person I can easily put things off. After I get a shower, tomorrow when I’m rested, when the house is clean and I’ve learned just how to do the graphics just right.
In the story it’s clear that the third person has things a little figured out. In real life it’s not that easy. But sometimes a few words can help you focus.
Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 on Zenhabits.net
With three boys all sleeping in the same room, their choice, I’ve been contemplating bunk beds to free up some floor space.
It’s nice to see this bed in front of a window. That would have to happen in our room.
I slept in a bunk bed in the sorority house in college. Bottom bed. I liked it better than sleeping on the single bed in the same room. Every sister who passed through left some thoughts on the ceiling of the lower bunk. Mostly things like, Angela loves David, Jenni and Lisa big and little forever…
And finally, this is really cool but I think it might be scary for sleeping!
All images from Pinterest
It’s a gorgeous day here! I’m off for a walk to enjoy the temps before the days get hot!
Happy bunking and enjoy the week.
The berries are ready and they are gorgeous!
We had a glorious day to pick. A bunch. Of strawberries.
I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon.
It doesn’t take long to get your bucket full.
And then end the picking with ice cream!
I’m so glad it’s spring. It feels so good to have the sun warm you head and shoulders.
Happy, happy spring everyone!
This is one of those we loved from the first reading. I think we’ve had it at least three years now. It always makes us laugh.
If I Built A Car, by Chris Van Dusen is catchy…
and gorgeous to look at. My boys love to read it and have it read to them.
It’s easy on the ears and delicious to the eyes.
Must be all the green that has finally taken hold of the landscape around here.
I can’t seem to get enough of the freshness of a simple green.
All pictures from Pinterest.
Thomas Jefferson said:
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. ACT. Acting will delineate and define you. ”
So well said. Sounds so easy. But for a thinker and a dreamer like me it’s the doing, the acting, the working that is difficult.
I have great ideas for everybody. You should do this, you’d be great at that. Why don’t you do more of this? Yeah, yeah, come on it will be easy for you.
So, I’m taking my own advice. Going to make 2014 the year of doing, of acting, of following through on all that talk.
And this is one of my action projects. A blog focusing on the biggest focus of my life: my three boys.
Here goes. Thank you in advance for wishing me luck and sending good thoughts this way.