To successfully lead an inspired life you have to be in tune with the world around you. Far too often, instead of being in tune, we’re running on autopilot. Going about our day without truly paying attention. We’re so much in our head, we miss out on the magic life has to offer.
I experienced a perfect example of this recently while at a unique event. My husband and I attended a live concert at a horse ranch. And, not just any horse ranch, one that does horse therapy.
There were about 60 guests, listening to a talented musician playing his guitar and singing classics from the 60s and 70s (think Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and The Beatles). The concert was held inside a horse corral with three therapy horses.
Watching the horses, I noticed how much they seemed to enjoy the music. One horse in particular, Jane, seemed almost mesmerized. She stood very still behind the last row of chairs; her head nestled between two guests, almost in a trance. It was beautiful to witness.
At the same time, there was a group of women gabbing away, as if they were in a bar and the music was just background noise. They were eventually shushed by some of the other guests who were trying to enjoy the music in this almost spiritual environment.
I thought at the time, isn’t it interesting that the horses seem to appreciate the music more than these women. The horses seemed to understand this was a special event. And they were enjoying it accordingly. Yet some might argue, I’m anthropomorphizing them (assigning them human traits) when they’re just animals.
But the truth is, animals only know how to be present.
My therapy dog, Hope, has helped me immensely with this over the past few years. Often, when we’re on our morning walk, I’m in a hurry to get back home and get on with my day. And, it seems on those days, Hope wants to mosey more. I used to get frustrated with her and try to keep her moving along quickly. However, when I allow myself to mosey too, I find I notice so much more. I’m more present. I relax and enjoy the walk more. It’s a much better way to start the day.
Living an inspired life requires you to be tuned in.
You have to get out of your head and be present in the place you are. You have to stop rushing to finish and get on to the next thing. Because the truth is, you may not even need to do that next thing. Or you may need to do it later, or another day.
I’m not talking about missing obligations or shirking responsibilities. I’m talking about easing up on the fast pace, trying to cram too many things into too little time. Just to get stuff done. And doing it all on autopilot without really even paying attention.
That’s not living folks. That’s rushing through life.
When I started my marketing consulting business many years ago, I framed the following saying and hung it on the wall of my office as a reminder to slow down and enjoy the journey. It read…
“Why are you rushing through life? Are you in a hurry to get to the end?”
I don’t think any of us are in a hurry to get to the end. We just live in a society that glorifies being busy and praises accomplishment. When the truth is, when you slow down and tune in, you often accomplish more, with more ease. And you actually enjoy yourself in the process.