Life is to be discovered in layers: unravel, discover; unravel, discover. Conscious awareness throughout this process is what allows one to sink into the depths of each layer, peeling each one back just to find another beneath it. Experience, you see, is in a constant process of revealing itself, and therein lies a choice to either engage with its layers as they arrive or to hastily slice through them in an effort to capture what lies at the center.
To truly embrace and be present in the process, one must humble oneself to patience along the way. Impatience and hurriedness are in direct opposition to the natural progression of something. Forcing a process toward completion stifles life and creation. Whether it’s in a flower blooming, a sunrise spreading over the sky, the development of an idea, the creation of a piece of artwork, or the formation of a business, impatience will suffocate the process which can only evolve on its own timeline. We cannot fully engage with the process of our lives if we show up with an unwillingness to await discovery of the unknown.
There’s a tendency to rush through life in search of the Big Moments we perceive as markers of success, but when broken down a lifetime is simply made of small moments: decades form lifetimes, years form decades, days form years, and small but meaningful moments form days. Joy in life is dependent on one's willingness to be present, and grateful especially, for each one.
The greatest outcomes of your life are merely a culmination of small moments that form a process. Big Moments come last, just as the final thing to grow on a fruit tree is the fruit. Imagine the taste and experience of eating the fruit if you were present and engaged in the entire process that led to its development. Then, compare that to the experience of waking to the present moment only in the instant you seize it from the vine. The fruit of each experience in life is only made meaningful because of the process that led to its development.
Magic is found in the unhurried, slow-yet-steady exploration of life reminiscent of childlike wonder. Whether it’s being present for a sunrise, being in relationship, developing your art, cultivating a garden, building a house, writing a book, consuming a homemade dessert, traveling a long-stretch of road, or merely being a witness to the evolution of your own life:
honor the process and immerse yourself in the delicate but dense layers as they unfold before you. In the depths of your experiences there are gifts to receive, lessons to learn, insights to steep in, beautiful shades of pinkorangeyellow to wash yourself in, and a vast life to live.