Sunday, May 8, 2011
Living in the moment
Over the last couple days, I rebuilt a deck. I did not particularly want to do it, as I don't have a lot of extra time in my life right now and it took me away from other pursuits I enjoy. It's also hard work. Now, I could have wasted time before hand thinking how I didn't want to do it. And I could have spent the time doing it concentrating on how I wanted it to be over so I could do other things. Instead, I tried to live in the moment. What I found was surprising.
Sure, it was still hard work, but that's ok, it's good for you. I also realized how great the weather was. Ripping up boards, using a sledge hammer, prying up nails, replacing rotting wood with straight good smelling wood, and seeing the tangible progress became strangely satisfying. I started to enjoy figuring out how to get into a rhythm, how to get faster and smoother in my technique, how to use less effort to accomplish more and so on. I enjoyed and was present in the moment.
And yes, the parallels to martial arts study are not lost on me. This same mindset should be applied to training. What I found interesting was that just by thinking about being present in the moment, I was. My mind drifted off from time to time but overall I enjoyed the day.
I may just be on to something...