No, this is not one of those dreaded tests you took a kid. This is just a little exercise in mindfulness.
I went to see the movie “Paris Can Wait” yesterday. (Side note- starring Diane Lane. When there is a movie about my life, I want Diane Lane to play me. I think she’s perfect. And look at my optimism- I’m sure I’m going to do something notorious enough to warrant my life on screen)
But anyway. The literal plot of the movie is that it takes 2 1/2 days to make a 7 hour car journey to Paris. The figurative plot is that sometimes we have to slow down and savor life and remember what’s important. The figurative plot is the winner here.
On their journey from Cannes to Paris, they stop at museums and old churches. They buy gorgeous fruit from vendors, indulge in luxurious wines, order every chocolate dessert on the menu. They try. They experience. They slow down. They live.
How often do we actually live life? Savor the taste of food? Sit and actually listen to music, paying attention to its subtle nuances? Sit at a dinner table without a phone or electronic device? Sometimes we need to slow down. Sometimes we need to live in the moment.
So- I said it wasn’t a test, but I didn’t say there wouldn’t be homework. Here’s your assignment:
1) Figure out something that can wait, a chore, an obligation, anything. (Mine would be shredding. There is no timeline on when routine household shredding needs to be accomplished)
2) Engage in an activity you love
3) Stretch out the time you engage in this activity- pay attention to each step of the process
4) Live in the moment