Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What are we busy about?

“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?”
 ~Henry David Thoreau

That is a good question, what ARE we busy about?!

Today is one of those days where almost every minute of my day is scheduled.

5:05 wake up. Make coffee, make lunch, write emails, read news/blogs. Practice (in by 6:25, out by 8:25). Home for quick shower and breakfast. On bike by 8:45. Clinic all day (scarfed down lunch of PB&J, fruit salad from fruit cart, and avocado mmm). Biostats class 4-7pm (here now… hungry again, multi-tasking, catching up on emails). Birthday taco dinner (Happy birthday, Caitlin!!) then Fanfarlo concert.

The more hectic the day, the more I need morning practice... it helps keep my mind un-busy even if my body isn't.


  1. That is so true! It's not about the activity, it's about your state of mind. The clam within the storm as I've been told.

    Good luck!

    Yoga Thailand

  2. When I shared this stanza of this poem (below) with Christina and she asked me,
    "Wait for what?"
    It was a great question, after some effort the only good answer I came up with was:
    the "what" is like a Zen koan unique to each person

    from poem 'A Psalm of Life'

    Not enjoyment and not sorrow
    is our destined end or way
    but to act that each tommorrow
    finds us further than today.
    In the world's broad field of battle
    in the bivouac of life
    be not dumb like driven cattle
    be a hero in the strife.
    Let us then be up and doing
    with a heart for any fate
    still achieving still pursuing
    learn to labor and to wait.