"If This Time"
A reflection during the COVID 19 restrictions, Something we can all relate to.
Written by; Kevin McCormack. (Mindfulness and Meditation teacher in Cork)
If this time has taught me anything, It is that the tiny spec in this universe that we occupy, Is both wonderful and wonderous, and if we allow it to, the beauty around us can unlock the beauty within us; and teach us far more than our schooling ever did.
If this time has taught me anything, it is that success and how we measure it, needs to be re-defined, and that the only person to whom you should ever compare yourself, is who you were yesterday. Make your growth game strong, and along the way, be kind to yourself, if you are doing your best, then you are doing enough.
If this time has taught me anything, it is that it is more important now more than ever before, to see the world through your own eyes. Begin by looking at yourself, look honestly and look gently. Look inwardly with compassion and kindness, and look outward with humility and appreciation.
If this time has taught me anything, it is that the opposite of love is not hate, but fear, and our greatest fear is losing that to which we have become attached. Yesterday is heavy, put it down. Seeing the beauty in the world around you is the first step in purifying and clearing the mind, and if this time has taught me anything, it is that nature, unlike us, never apologies for her beauty.
If this time has taught me anything, it is that life really is about the journey, not the destination, and it must be, for surely we are not here merely to reach the destination, for the destination is death. Be alive, for after all, life is all you've got, and when you pay attention to the things for which you are grateful, you soon forget about what you think you're missing.
If this time has taught me anything, it is that bitter tears are the quietest, and on the days when your head wants to hang low, it is important that you look up. Lift your head. Take it in, and breathe deep, for while this world can be a hard place, your reality and what you perceive it to be, are seldom aligned.
If this time has taught me anything, it is that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. We can see universes within universes, but only when we pay enough attention, and this is as true of the nature within us, as it is of the nature around us.
If this time has taught me anything, it is this: If true love conquers everything, then self-love gives it the fortitude to do so. Know that you are more than your scars, Know that every wound in you that has healed along the way has taught you what it is to fight back; and to start again from where you are, with what you've got. Beat your own path way, without seeking the approval of others and know that self-love is not vanity,
If this time has taught me anything, it has taught me this; HOPE matters, and we cannot live with out it. This time has taught me that HOPE is not a wish, nor a desire for things to be different. It is a course of action, a combination of mind and heart, the future can be better and can be brighter, and we each have the power within us to make it so. There would be challenges to face along the way, to which there are many solutions. There is a source of resilience deep within us all.
If this time does not teach us that time itself is precious, then we will have missed the lesson. The lesson that never before have the past and the future been so irrelevant, an that the quest to 'find ourselves' has been fruitless to now; only because we've been searching in all the wrong places. We are here, we are now. We are each and every breath we take. Every day is a gift, a gift to begin again, and to grasp with both hands, the fresh opportunity to learn, unlearn and re-learn. If this time is not wasted.