As the moon set I set the alarm for two am, yet by midnight I was still awake.  I could not shake the events of the past few days and I could not get this phrase out of my head: “More being, less doing.”

 

The moon setting over "our" mountain

 

It is no secret that we love our life in the country. We have managed to rebuild a slow home that we have furnished with vintage and mid century pieces and live an intentionally slower life that we fully embrace.  We even held off bringing internet into our home for over ten years, fearing that it might inhibit the quality of life we enjoy here.  I write about it all the time, the slower pace, the thoughtful lifestyle, paying attention to the little things, making memories, taking the time to smell thethe rebirth of spring, but never had the importance of this lifestyle become clearer to me than this past week.

I attended the memorial service of a friend’s sibling, an extraordinary individual who passed away too soon. Although the situation was tragic, the celebration of his being was stunning and I walked away wishing I had known him in life. His wife’s words resonated in my head as she reflected upon their life together, wishing that there were “more being and less doing”.

More Bee-ing

 

So simply stated, it was profound: More being, less doing. Which brings me back to Friday night.  Setting the alarm and getting up at 2am would probably have not been a priority two or three years ago.  I would have probably set the alarm with good intentions and then shut if off and gone back to sleep.  I now know better.  Given the finite amount of time we are privileged to be here and how quickly it flutters by, every day & every experience is a gift to be savored. The time spent “being” is why we do all the ”doing” in the first place.

Life Flutters by

 

Although I know that inherently, and write as well as talk about it, I often forget to do it.  My children remind me of this all the time and to be honest, I am not always the best at practicing what I preach, but I am going to try each and every day as I chant my new mantra: More being, less doing.

So, Irwin and I took a blanket outdoors after 2am and lay under several more as we faced the Northern sky awaiting a five thousand year old event that did not disappoint.  We spent over three hours gazing at the meteor shower and the enormity of the heavens; just being, not doing.

Perseid Meteor Shower

 

Comments
Sarah's Gravatar Beautiful post Marcy! We can never remind ourselves of this enough. It is so easy to get distracted in doing everything that needs to be
done in our days that we don't take the time to just sit quietly and be present in the moment.

Thank you for the reminder!
# Posted By Sarah | 8/16/10 3:51 PM
marcy's Gravatar Thank you Sarah. You are sooo right. We all become distracted with the "doing" of day to day life and often forget what we are doing it for!
# Posted By marcy | 8/16/10 4:03 PM
Anne Lubner Designs's Gravatar It's so true that death reminds us to pay attention to the little things. Glad you and Irwin are trying to do this. Thanks for sharing an excellent reminder to slow down and breathe deep!
# Posted By Anne Lubner Designs | 8/16/10 5:14 PM
marcy's Gravatar My pleasure Anne! We all need a little reminder now and then.
# Posted By marcy | 8/17/10 11:18 AM
ABC Dragoo's Gravatar Good for you, and lesson learned!
That is wonderful that you actually did that.

Reminds me of the island where me and the Mr. were engaged. There were turtles laying their eggs and we signed up for turtle watch. Turns out, at like 2 am they woke us up, dragged us across the island and tried to show us the eggs being laid in the pitch dark.

What a memory!
xoABCD
# Posted By ABC Dragoo | 8/18/10 10:04 PM
ABC Dragoo's Gravatar Good for you, and lesson learned!
That is wonderful that you actually did that.

Reminds me of the island where me and the Mr. were engaged. There were turtles laying their eggs and we signed up for turtle watch. Turns out, at like 2 am they woke us up, dragged us across the island and tried to show us the eggs being laid in the pitch dark.

What a memory!
xoABCD
# Posted By ABC Dragoo | 8/18/10 10:04 PM
marcy's Gravatar Thanks Amy. I am really trying to embrace this mantra daily. It is easier said than done but...I'm working on it.
# Posted By marcy | 8/19/10 8:54 AM
Jennifer Duchene's Gravatar Marcy you are so right. Life is all about the moment. So we may as well choose the ones we want to experience. THanks for the reminder and the incredible pics. I shared your moment, belatedly.
Thats what I love what I do, redesign celebrates the life of moments.

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# Posted By Jennifer Duchene | 8/25/10 5:14 PM
marcy's Gravatar Thanks Jennifer- the link to go with that tweet was actually supposed to be http://bit.ly/ay0WOS which is the correct one for "One for the Road" instead you were lead to last week's post- "More Being, less Doing" which was obviously "Bashert",meant to be. Thank you so much for your lovely words& for sharing this post. I hope you'll go back & read this week's post as well.

Best,
M.
# Posted By marcy | 8/25/10 6:39 PM
Irene Turner's Gravatar Beautifully put and so true. I have discovered as well when I got off the fast track and moved here to Northern CA...so much so that my book will be coming out early next year...Slow Home it is! Thanks
# Posted By Irene Turner | 8/25/10 6:39 PM
marcy's Gravatar Thank you Irene. I totally understand. No matter how stressful the week, this plot of land and environment offers a respite from the turmoil of our fast paced life in the city. I always feel like I can breath deeper and think more clearly here. These are our optimal coordinates on this planet!
# Posted By marcy | 8/28/10 10:39 PM
Heidi Alberti & Atticus's Gravatar Fabulous post!! & love the picture too. I think I must repost this to friends. Thanks for the new mantra!
# Posted By Heidi Alberti & Atticus | 8/30/10 7:01 PM
marcy's Gravatar Thanks Heidi!
Sorry I took so long to respond! Glad you liked the post- happy to share the post...and mantra!
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