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.”
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 the…the 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”.
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.
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.