Have you seen the movie “Soul” yet?
I watched it with my kids the other night and it really got to me. For a bit watching it I thought having a purpose was the whole point, something to anchor us to life.
And then…you discover that we have it all wrong. I’m guilty, too.
The point is to enjoy the moments and progress and little things we experience along the way. The point is to notice how good that pizza tastes, and how pretty the sunlight is when it comes through a window, and how wonderful a soft blanket feels when we snuggle on the couch.
How many of us are cruising along, waiting to get to a destination, and we don’t stop to really SEE the joy around us? I’m hugely guilty of this, and I am working to let it go. I’m letting go of waiting to get to a certain point before I relax and have fun. The fun is here, right now, if we look for it.
I’ve had the habit of writing 3 things I’m grateful for each morning when I wake up, and a lot of the time I write tiny things. The twinkle of a Xmas tree, that first sip of coffee, watching snow fall from a window.
In our rush to find a purpose in life we miss living and enjoying our ACTUAL life.
At lunch the other day my daughter told me that she loved being in quarantine. She loved her flexible schedule and lots of family time and movies. Think about that. She saw quarantine as a blessing.
What can we see when we really look? Can we see the good in simple, ordinary days? Can we enjoy the moments even when they are less than ideal?
What if we don’t need a purpose, what we really need is the abilitity to see the blessing of each day and what we do have versus what we don’t?
Have you seen Soul? What did you think?