sky space moon outdoors

The moon has been so big and bright lately. Some early mornings when I go out to walk it’s as if an extra streetlight has sprung up overnight.

Looking up at that vast sky always centers and calms me, and brings me to my true sense of place. Here I am, trudging along consumed with my own thoughts, while this grandeur is going on all around me.

C.S. Lewis once said that humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.

I don’t claim to be an expert on that underrated virtue. I do know that when I remember the world doesn’t revolve around me, and that I am not the Creator but one of the creations, I tend to have more peace of mind, less anxiety and fewer tendencies to people please or seek accolades. My focus shifts naturally from ‘doing’ to ‘being.’

I’m still a ‘doer.’ I’m just less tied to the outcome.

Exercise: Write this sentence at the top of your page, and then go on and finish the page. “Today (or yesterday, if you write in the morning), was I a human being or a human doing?”

 

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