I thought I would take a break from “showing what Sharn Enterprises has to offer” and share my friend’s journal entry with you.
It really made me stop and think…”Am I letting life pass me by?” Please read this and tell me what you think. I welcome your comments. Do you feel this way? Are you enjoying life’s ride?
So, here it goes:
Recently, I found myself on a train headed into the city for a very important meeting. Like all “good passengers,” I tended to ignore the people around me, reluctant to make conversation or eye contact, for fear that I’d get drawn in to a long and boring conversation about something that I wasn’t really interested in.
As us “business types” tend to do, I checked my cell phone a number of times; almost as if some very important message would somehow appear and I could quickly jump into action! I also skimmed through two industry magazines, hoping for some glorious insight into what might become our next product idea or new innovation. Finally when I finished all of this I heard the Conductor say “Next stop 99th street”.
“What? Only 99th street?” I thought to myself. “I’ve finished everything, I’m all caught up, and I’m ready to go!” The truth of the matter was that I still had another half-hour to go on the train ride– with absolutely nothing to do. I had no important e-mails or phone calls, and no new “Block-buster” ideas coming forth from the pages of my magazines. I wondered, “What am I going to do next?”
As I sat there, I began to reflect on just how was it that we all got to be so busy? When did work become this all-consuming priority? I almost felt guilty for not being productive, for not being connected, for not selling something, or for that matter not negotiating to buy something. I thought to myself, have we all lost the ability to just enjoy the ride? (Not just the train ride- I’m talking about enjoying life’s ride.) Thirty minutes on a train ride doesn’t seem like a lot, but there are a lot of little blocks of time like this in our life that we just waste away. I am sure that many of us are guilty of not taking the opportunity to enjoy the sights and surroundings that we find ourselves in, and heaven forbid, not taking the time to make any type of personal connection to those around us. It all boils down to this…Here I am sitting in a car full of people and yet no one is either looking or talking to one another, everyone’s either working, texting, or sleeping.
I’m alone in a crowd; I wonder what the guy next to me is thinking?