You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is available direct from the publisher, and also on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
Isn’t it strange that some days our time is full of different activities, but we have little idea of what it is we have achieved when we get to the end of the day.
Because activity and achievement are different things.
Sometimes we are so busy with the activities that surround us that we forget to ask why we are doing them.
We do all have some activities that we need to undertake – it may be work commitments, or household jobs.
It may be that we have very mundane but important activities to undertake – for example, looking after young children can mean a lot of repetitive tasks, but we would all agree that they are important to the healthy growth of the child.
Equally, sometimes our tasks demand the utmost concentration and focus.
A surgeon, for example, is always aware of how the activities they undertake in the operating theater are vital and complex.
But for most of us, most of the time, the activities we find ourselves doing are neither complex nor vital, however much we may try to convince ourselves otherwise.
It is interesting to see that many of us list watching television, playing computer games and surfing the net as the activities that take up most of our leisure time.
Are we just here trying to fill up our time with activity? Do we use the constant activity as a substitute for real meaning in our lives?
This is the danger – that by being active all the time, we do not have the opportunity to be still.
For it is in stillness that we can come to see of our activities are moving us forward, or if they are just using up our precious time.
When we have a time out from our day-to-day life, we can evaluate our activity to see if it is meaningful and helps us along the path that we are on.
Or, are we using activity instead of growth – are we confusing doing and achieving.
It is important to remember that it is not how busy we are that counts, but how that activity is used.