In an age and society that is driven by productivity, it's hard not to feel like you are missing the purpose of your life if you are not producing. When we sit, quiet and alone, thoughts of "what should I be doing right now?" often intrude. Sometimes they bring anxiety, sometimes they bring worry, sometimes they bring shame, sometimes they bring motivation (hey, it's not all bad, guys.)
But not all of our greatest achievements can be obtained through disciplined productivity. Sometimes, we chase away the goal when we are too focused on the "doing." Sometimes, the thing we want is quietly, busily being prepared in our every day moments of simply being. If we remain open, receptive, and awake, it will come to us.
This statue is one of my favorite pieces of artwork. "The Awakening" is located just outside of D.C. at National Harbor. Comprised of five aluminum pieces half buried in the ground, it leaves speculation to the viewer of whether the giant is falling, fighting to get up, or both.
I like to believe this giant is a larger than life representation of what we do everyday - bury ourselves in pursuit, stress, worry, weighing us down, covering us up, when sometimes, achieving what you want for your life is really just a matter of waking up.
"When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I want flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want, also wants me, is looking for me, and attracting me.
I have two young sons, ages six and four. From pregnancy and beyond, they have been mirroring back to me more than I ever could have dreamed of learning about myself and my own growth. As we grow together through this life, I hope to always mirror back to them the same inspiration, strength, and wonder they have shown me.