Thursday, February 18, 2010
New Operating System - Principle #4
4. Nothing is random -- my life is full of signs and symbols. I will look for patterns in my life. This reminds me of Einstein's saying, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Either nothing is a sign or a symbol or everything is. When I first read this a few days ago, I went on a "walking awareness" trip as I made my way from the hotel through the streets and parking lot to the movie theater. I tried to look at everything I saw as a symbol of something in my life and was amused at how easily the neon sign on the marquee became a symbol of the part of me that needs to be visible and authentically show people who I am.
This morning as I sit in my bedroom with sunrise behind my back, I can see the shadow of tree limbs reflected on my laptop monitor. Perhaps a symbol of seeing life reflected rather than observing and experiencing it more directly. A sign of spending too much time indoors. To my right my almost empty tea cup ... a symbol of the small pleasure of the quiet time of tea and reflection in the morning, drinking in tea, drinking in the coming day. A small pile of clothes at the end of my bed ... a symbol of the possible build-up of chaos if I don't put them away soon, a sign reminding me that untended small things can gradually grow into a mess. A loudly ticking clock on the wall ... a symbol of procrastination as I've told myself on numerous occasions to remove its irritating presence from my quiet space. Yet there it hangs, its ticking commanding a rhythm I do not feel.
Today, I will pay attention to the signs and symbols in my life ... but first, I'm going to relocate that clock and put away my clothes!
About the image: The Catalyst Ranch in Chicago is a wonderfully creative meeting space. This is the door to the women's restroom. The context changes the message.