“When I first started working, they called me The Kid,” said a man in his early sixties in the barbershop today.
I was getting scissor snipped, and this guy, The Kid, was talking to the owner of the place while waiting for his turn in the chair.
He continued, “They all use to say, ‘Look out for The Kid!'”
“And now, I almost can’t believe it, they call me Grandpa. Or they call me the old man. ‘Hey Old Man, how’s it going buddy?'”
In the mirror, I saw him smiling between words.
Because that smile, like an aspirin of last resort, halted my heart from crumbling as I listened to him while watching a mixture of gray and black hairs fall from my head.
Tic toc tic toc
Tictoc Tictoc Tictoc
Thirty years passed before this guy’s eyes just like that.
And it’s happening to all of us.
But not in this instant.
Because it’s happening when we’re not in this instant.
When we’re somewhere else in our minds.
Focused on the illusion of the past or a figment of a future, our life hits the accelerator and it approaches light speed.
We’re hurled through space and time and BAM, we’re siting in a barbershop, taking about diabetes and hip replacements.
Is there a way to slow it down?
Can we cling more to this moment?
Yes, of course.
But it’s going to take an inner revolution.
An adoption of a concept, so rare, that it runs counter to the constant bombardments of society’s accepted normalcy.
Are you ready to receive the coveted secret of all enlightened masters?
Well, ready or not, here it comes: Worry Less.
Can it be that simple?
Simple, but certainly not easy.
Because we’ve by conditioned by the fear based, powers-that-be, to worry incessantly.
We’re so conditioned to worry that it has become as normal as breathing.
But imagine living a life where you can just breathe without it being attached at the hip of soul-stunting worry?
And that, right there, is the answer.
It’s the answer to the question: but how do we become freedom fighters in this revolution against worry?
We breathe just to breathe.
We convert from the blind religion of worry, to the grace of conscious breathing.
We make our entire existence into a meditation.
Because with or without your worries, life is unfolding as it will.
And before you scream at me, yes, I know, there’s plenty to worry about. And trust me, I worry with the best of them at times, but eventually I remember – nirvana is in the nostrils.
So listen up, please, I can go on and on about this, but talking too much about slowing down the clock will invariably speed it up.
You’re just going to have to trust me.
Witness yourself breathing.
Make it the most important part of your life.
Move worry to the back burner.
Allow this intelligent universe of ours to actually be intelligent.
Your next breath, and the one after that, and the one after that, can stretch this instant out into eternity.
“In Live Like a Fruit Fly, Gabe Berman shares his recipe for living a more joyful, worthwhile, and abundant life in every way. A witty, entertaining, and insightful read.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success