I’m physically not firing on all cylinders today. The trains blow hot and cold. The training room I’m in blows hot and cold and the temperature outside has gone from cold to warm to cold again. Consequently I’ve come down with a slight cold. To top it all off, I also have a tooth ache. I know, whoa is me right? What did Arnold say in Conan the Barbarian, “That which does not kill me, only makes me stronger.”
Here’s a parable for you:
[blockquote]Once there was a man who was afraid of his shadow and who hated his footprints, and so he tried to get away from them by running. But the more he lifted his feet and put them down again, the more footprints he made. And no matter how fast he ran, his shadow nevr left him, and so, thinking that he was still going too slowly, he ran faster and faster without stop until his strength gave out and he fell down dead. He didn’t understand that by lolling in the shade he could have gotten rid of his shadow and by resting in quietude he could have put an end to his footprints.[/blockquote]
I have been there before, running faster and faster only to get nowhere fast! The problem with running faster and faster is you don’t get to check out the scenery along the way. A few years back, I did an adventure race in Borneo. The last leg of the race was a run up Mount Kinabalu. I remember thinking during a brief rest break that we were missing the mountain and the beautiful scenery. Only thing we had on our minds was wining, no time for looking around. And so I missed so much.
In life, if we move to fast and miss it, we don’t get a second chance. And as banal as “Stop and smell the roses” is, it still has credence, so take heed.
Soundscape #001 – Leamington Spa to London
I made this soundscape today of my trip to London and back. As with most soundscapes, it’s best to listen to them through heads-phones so you can pick out the layers of sound. I found it interesting how the morning commuters were essentially silent, while the evening commuters were more engaging.