“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
-John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy”
I thought I understood that line when I first heard it years ago. Now, as I prepare to celebrate my daughter’s first birthday with our family, I feel like I am beginning to comprehend the fleeting nature of time. The tighter we hold on to time, the more of it slips between our fingers like sand through an hourglass. It sounds cheesy, but it is all too true. It seems like just last week Liz and I were packing our hospital bags in preparation for welcoming this little bundle into the world… And now she is roaming all over the place and calls me Papa. I will continue to practice mindfulness in order to be fully present for her on a daily basis – for the benefit of all of us.
When asked where he came up with the title for his book “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” author Paul Kidder provided the following response:
“The title comes from a Haitian proverb, which is usually translated as: “Beyond the mountains, more mountains.” According to [Paul] Farmer, a better translation is: “Beyond mountains there are mountains.” I first heard the proverb from Farmer, and I remember that he told me, ‘The Haitians, of course, use it in a zillion different ways.’ Sometimes it’s used to express the idea that opportunities are inexhaustible, and sometimes as a way of saying that when you surmount one great obstacle you merely gain a clear view of the next one.”
The holidays are officially over. I had a great time getting to see my family. Liz returned to work today and I go back for CPR training tomorrow. For today, however, I am hanging out with the cats, cleaning up around the house, and just taking it easy. I always become introspective around Christmas and the start of the new year… I take the time to evaluate my life choices and what brought me to where I am – as well as where my life is heading. I think I’m happy with where I’m at. Not content, but happy. I’m at peace with my life and my plan – and I’m ready for deviations from my plans, as I know that the universe tends to create for me whether I’m ready or not. As John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Now to get back to relaxing. =)