The past week was riddled with ups and downs. A few ups along the way, punctuated by a couple extreme downs. Reaching Friday felt like an achievement on its own, despite the personal and professional work still on the horizon next week. In lieu of the episode I had planned for this week, I wanted to come to you with a simple message. This isn’t me scolding any listener or reader; it’s me scolding myself. I remind myself often about how valuable gratitude is, maintaining presence, and slowing down to focus on today. Yet I rationalize focusing on the distant future as if making it ‘there’ will finally free me to be the husband … father … man … I want to be. But instead of trying to get to some undetermined future point where I become the person I want to be, why am I not becoming that person right now? Why am I wasting time?
Every day we wake up and set our feet upon the floor is a gift. Every day we have with our families and friends is a gift. Every day we live with a chance to get better at our craft and help someone else do the same is a gift. Yet so many of us fail to recognize the power of those gifts, and their daily renewal, and choose only to focus on gifts we may or may not receive far into the future. Are you sprinting through your years toward a horizon after which you can “finally slow down?” Or are you experiencing life now as it is, making the most of the minutes you have with each other now, and being the person you hope to be one day … today?
Good morning and Happy Monday! This week on the podcast, I continue the mini-series looking at all the good COVID-19 gave me. None of this downplays the tragedy and struggle we’ve all seen and experienced the last 18 months. But in truth, if we don’t take the time to pull out the positive lessons and impact from our greatest struggles, then those struggles and the effort we put into overcoming them, are all for naught. There’s no sense to suffering unless we can learn from it. And we know we’ll continue to struggle, to fight, to work hard. Through it all there must be a positive impact, if not an immediately positive outcome. COVID-19 isn’t any different.
Distance from the Unimportant takes a look at what we did before the pandemic, during the pandemic, and (hopefully) what we’ll be doing now. Anyone who simply returns to status quo operation is avoiding the real lessons of 2020. Anyone who wants to ignore what we went through in favor of return to “the way we always did it” contributes to the repeat of history. Just like we should be investing toward and preparing for the next (worse) pandemic now, we should consider what new work and home realities COVID forced upon us that we can now exploit for everyone’s benefit.
I hope you enjoy this week’s show. As a sidenote, I continue experimenting with intro and outro music. You may wonder why this week’s sounds … well … janky. I’m working on learning the editing process and how to manipulate audio files so they do what I want them to. And what millions of podcasters and broadcasters make them do every day :-). I’m getting there, and am grateful you’re sticking with me throughout the journey.
Oh! And I almost forgot, this week’s Meditation comes to you through my original blog and website, now redesigned and published simply under my name: arunchittur.com. I spent a long time avoiding my own name and building an online home that would accurately reflect my work, my interests, and all the curiosities I harbor under the surface. Avoid it all no more, the new site is live and will be my primary landing spot online for everything I’ve got going on. I hope you enjoy … thelastquestion.blog is still active, and email@example.com is still the go-to email address for anything related to the podcast.
Okay, now I’m done. Take care out there, be safe today, and lead well.