Fully Absorber in the Now.
I put the finishing touches to the picture.
Fully focused on what I am doing and thinking of nothing else.
Now I think I’ll pencil it in the calligraphy, then I hear but am not listening.
‘Then see how it looks before using the ink.’
I am aware of the irritable emotion but answer without thinking.
“What’s the problem?”
“You are the problem, I don’t know if you can hear me or are ignoring me.”
“I am absorbed, doing some art.”
“Can’t you just say YES so I know you have heard?”
Aware I am getting annoyed, I should have done my little, count to ten, few deep breaths, unmindful I just respond.
! YES! YES!” Then I realise I am losing my temper.
“Just go back to your art sorry I interrupted you!”
“No I want to know, should I ring the fire brigade or the police what is the emergency?” That was I realise nasty, sarcasm.
“It is not important, I just wanted to know where you hid the rake, it is not where it should be kept.”
“Sorry, last time I saw it was when we were mulching up the pruning.”
“Well it is not where it should be kept.”
I am trying to recall what happened.
“I was raking up the last of the leaves; yes, you called me to help put the tarp around the mulching machine. Have you looked in where the mulcher is?”
“No, did you leave it there?”
“May be I was raking up and you asked me to help you with the mulcher I probably just put it down without thinking, I remember putting my gloves back on the bench but can’t remember what I did with the rake.”
“You remember all that but can’t remember where you put the rake.”
“Well I was not thinking at the time I was running on auto pilot, unmindful just responding not fully aware.”
“What’s all this living in the now you have been reading about?”
Two minutes later “I found the rake, where you left it in by the mulcher.”
“That’s great, come and have a look at what I’ve done.”
“I like the surfer catching the wave, but what has that got to do with the writing,
“We only have one moment to live and that is NOW.”
“Well the wave is passing but the surfer has caught it, he is living right in the now.”
“And you left the rake in the past.”
“Let’s not live in the past”
“If you want to live in the now, be mindful of where you leave the rake in future.”