I'm currently reading Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. And true enough to the back cover, this book does contain life's most important lesson.
The essence of the pages are very direct and alarmingly common knowledge but I think because of its common nature, so many of us don't give these things a second look what more second thoughts. No. We take it as something that's been there all along and we assume these priceless lessons will always permeate our daily lives.
I too am guilty of such behaviour.
Lesson one: Being present.
We are all, at every moment, existing somewhere in space. At home, at an airport, in class, next to your family, in a car with friends, sitting in a cinema beside a stranger. We all exist. But how many of us are present?
Ask yourself that question. How often are you present out of your short 24 hour cycles?
It really is astonishing just how many of us has actually become so used to being absent even when we are physically there. Our bodies remain in that spot. Our minds - our real selves - however, are never there with us and with the person in front of us.
That, the art (or more accurately: the lost art) of being present is the first thing on my to-do list for this year. Why waste time (both yours and your loved ones) by living in a semi-automated life? Are you a human or are you less than that?