Consciousness by Pot Roast
A mother and daughter were preparing a roast for dinner. The mother cut the ends off the meat, placed it onto a pan, and into the oven.
The daughter asked, "Mom, why do you cut the ends off the roast before you put it in the oven?"
She responded, "I don't know, this is how grandma did it when I was a kid."
They looked at each other and the mother proceeded to call her mom. She asked, "why do you cut the ends off the roast before you put it into the oven?"
Her mother replied, "when you were a kid, I had to cut those pieces off so it would fit into the pan."
Sometimes we do things because they're practical, but sometimes we do things out of habit. These habits may have served us in the past, but are sometimes no longer relevant. Mindfulness is about making conscious choices, and being vulnerable to asking "why" and "what else?"
This old story came up while colleagues and I were discussing the book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. It speaks to the importance of knowing what you want, and focusing your intentions towards meeting those goals. By making conscious choices, you gain satisfaction and happiness through your actions.
What are your plans this evening? This weekend? This month of May? How many of those plans were choices made to serve your best interests, and how many of those appointments serve the needs of others more than your own?
Here's to a peaceful, mindful weekend.