Monday, July 30, 2012

Take Pleasure in Absence

We spend our professional lives seeking things. We want confirmation of bugs. We want new features. We want affirmation that our bug fixes work. We spend all day every day doing things.

Sometimes, though, there is pleasure in not doing things. There is pleasure in absence, and only when we stop doing can we start seeing.

Give yourself five minutes while you're making coffee tomorrow morning, put down the iPhone (Twitter can wait!), and consider:

  • The worry no longer felt
  • The fear not realized
  • The pain not seen
All that absence! All that not seeking! Feels good, doesn't it?

I'm not going to tell you to stop seeking; after all all that absence came from seeking improvements. Instead, take one small breath and notice the beauty of the absence.

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