Thursday, December 15, 2005

Paradise is about the gift of time

"Paradise is exactly like where you are right now... only much, much better."
- Laurie Anderson

Paradise is not about what we could see if we were somewhere else. It's about what we don't see where we are now.

Life can be so fast that we miss the wonder of what is around us every day. We assume, because we miss it where we are, that paradise must be somewhere else.

Yet if we go somewhere else, such as by travelling on a vacation or business trip, we find that the face of life elsewhere looks much the same as the face of life where we live. What's different is the cosmetics on the faces.

Nature, the people, even the objects around us can be wonders if we explore them beyond the surface architecture.

Don't just look "at" things and people, look into them to see who and what they are beneath the surface. It takes time to learn this skill. Time is a factor we deprive ourselves of with our busy lives. Time is what paradise offers us.

If we go to paradise, we give ourselves the time we deprive ourselves of at home.

Do the arithmetic. We deprive ourselves of paradise because we are too busy to see it around us. Instead, all we take time to see is the tarnish and corrosion on the surface of the face of our lives.

Give yourself the gift of time to see what is around you. Understand it and the wonder will envelop you.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Wpidemic Social Problems,' striving to bring the wonders of life into the world around us.
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