“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.”
– Jack Kornfield
Well, if you’ve noticed, I haven’t been posting on here as much as I used to. Things have been a bit busy.
As most of you know from previous posts, in addition to being a writer, I am also an actor with community theatre. For the past month, I’ve actually been working on two shows at the same time. One just wrapped up last week, and I’m currently in the last weeks of rehearsal for the next one. In other words, it’s crunch time.
I seem to live my life in this way, I’ve noticed. It always seems like I’m on the go. Training for a race, rehearsing for a show, writing a novel (that’s the new one on the list). Always busy. Always working my butt off while inching towards something. Never seeming to slow down.
Now, I’m not saying this is a bad thing. As Maya Angelou is quoted as saying:
“It has been said that we need just three things in life: Something to do, Something to look forward to, and Someone to love.”
I’m so blessed to have every single one of those things at any given moment. Honestly, I’m just an overall happy person, with very few problems. I forget that fact from time to time, of course (like I think we all are guilty of), but it’s always true.
However, the other day, something humorous – and important – caught my attention. I’ve been giving it a lot of thought, so I thought I’d share it here with you. Maybe it might mean something to you, too. You never know.
My boyfriend Richard and our kids go to church on Sundays as often as we can. And since the kids adore the Sunday school portion of church, Richard and I have found our way to an adult class that we have come to love as much as they do. Our wonderful instructor, Teresa, does a sweet thing each and every Sunday morning – she bakes muffins and brings them in to share with us. Well, word has gotten around (or maybe that wonderful smell has gotten around!) that there are muffins on the premises, and some of the kids have started wandering into our class to get themselves one or two. And this past Sunday, one of these kids who was doing just that very thing, made quite an impression on me.
There we sat in class, engrossed in the powerful words that Teresa always has to share with us, when we heard the church bells ring signaling the end of class. Since we weren’t quite done with our discussion, we sat for a few extra minutes sharing some final words before packing up to head out. Once the discussion was complete, we all started fumbling for our things as Teresa walked over to open the classroom door. She opened the door, and there stood the cutest little girl you’ve ever seen. She just stood there, waiting quietly and patiently for the door to be open, and once it was, she made her presence known with this statement:
“I need a muffin.”
That’s all she said. Just four little words to state her purpose. And in she walked, got her muffin, and went about her business.
Well, of course, we all laughed and laughed over that. The hilarity behind this little girl just standing there waiting patiently for the door to open so she could state her purpose and get what she needed led to some serious giggles from the adults. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there is actually a lot I could learn from that little girl.
1. Don’t be in a hurry. She knew the muffin would be there when the door was open, so she was patient. She didn’t bust in the room and interrupt class, no matter how much that little tummy was growling. She just waited her turn. She knew when muffin time would be and didn’t try to make it happen a second sooner.
2. Decide what you need, and go get it. There was no question what Little Miss wanted. A muffin. And she didn’t just want it. She needed it. So, by gosh, she made it happen.
3. Indulge every now and then. Ok, so muffins aren’t the healthiest things in the world? So what! When you need a muffin, you need a muffin. That’s just all there is to it. There is a time for meat and potatoes; there is a time for fruit and vegetables; and then….then there is a time for muffins. Recognize that time and savor it. Everything doesn’t have to be done ‘right’ all the time. Sometimes, it’s ok to take a muffin break. It just is.
So, there ya have it. Some “food for thought” for us all from a little girl who needed a muffin.
Maybe I’m seeing too much in this? I don’t know. Maybe. It wouldn’t be the first time that’s ever happened.
But then again – maybe that little girl just taught us all a few lessons that we needed to hear. Maybe sometimes I need to sit back and take a quick break before proceeding on with the pursuit of all these goals. Maybe sometimes I need to stop working on my novel, and throw in a short blog again now and then. Maybe sometimes I need to stop studying my lines, and watch a TV show with my kids. Maybe sometimes I need to stop training for a race, and just leave my GPS tracking device at home and run a few miles for fun.
You see where I’m going with that? Eh, I don’t know. Are you with me? Could you use a muffin break yourself?
With that said, please excuse me. I better wrap this blog up for the moment. There’s something very important and yummy calling my name….
“The really idle man gets nowhere. The perpetually busy man does not get much further.”
– Sir Heneage Ogilvie