Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Stay Present, or Get Burned!

"When one is rising, standing, walking, doing something, stopping, one should constantly concentrate one's mind on the act and the doing of it. " --Aśvaghoṣa

I burned the sausages again today.

It's the second time this week that I've burned the sausages because I wasn't paying attention.

Here's my morning routine:

I get up, take the dog for a walk, wake the kids for the first time and then start breakfast. My kids do better with a bit of protein in the morning, so I try to make bacon or sausage or eggs for them most mornings.

I throw some meat in a pan and then I feed the dog, set the table, make lunches, wake the kids a second time and check the sausages

But sometimes I get....distracted.

Usually by my email.

"I'll just check it 'real quick'," I say to myself. And the next thing I know the fire alarm is going off and breakfast is ruined.

The thing is, I know this.

I know that the secret to life is to stay present. It makes life easier. It saves a lot of heartache. And sausages.

But still I forget. Or I go un-present in spite of knowing. And when I do, I always get burned.

So, "Thanks Universe," for another reminder to stay present. And the dog thanks you for the sausages :)

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