Just because things are mundane, doesn’t make them simple…..and simplicity and complexity are not mutually exclusive…..just sayin’. Yes, yes here at the “Mundane Life,” we’re usually focused on simple things, although as I mentally explore the “simple things”, I find that at a less superficial level they are the most complex of all.
…..many of these are “good”….right?
…..but what if we become so “busy” being these things or even just “appearing” to be these things that we fail to connect with others.
Society is centered on it.
The phrase “Let’s grab a drink.” is on the tips of tongues. Sure, sometimes we “Get some coffee” or “Go for a walk”…..but more often we “Meet for a drink.”
In 2009, I visited a friend in California. He doesn’t drink. He never has. His reasons are refreshing….even beautiful…..not the usual judgmental, religious mumbo-jumbo. He doesn’t sit at home, away from bars and restaurants. He goes out with friends, listens to bands, and stays out late. I wondered what he might be seeing that I wasn’t.
…….I didn’t drink for the next 14 weeks.
The first 4 weeks were the most difficult as I retrained friends. Yet, I continued to do the things I had always done, but without the seemingly “socially required” drink. I didn’t at all feel depraved in those 14 weeks, but connected more fully…..to others….to the world around me….and even to myself.
Last year I had two New Year’s resolutions; both were designed to connect me more fully with God. This year, I want to connect more fully with others. As symbolic evidence of this commitment, I am once again giving up drinking……until May…..at a minimum.
“….I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die discover that I had not lived.”
– H.D. Thoreau
……let the journey begin.