As you walk through the park or along the sidewalk, passing trees and street lamps, shops, homes and offices, consider how they all came to be. Who planned, created and paid for them? Who maintains them?
When you visit your doctor’s office, you know who is looking after you, but you may not realize all the work behind the scenes to maintain the clinic and your medical care, including the work of the medical office assistant.
When you go to your community centre, you may appreciate the person who greets you at the front desk and the fitness instructors, but you may not recognize the staff who work throughout the day and overnight to keep the facility clean and safe.
At your local pool, you know the lifeguards are ready to assist struggling swimmers, but you may not realize all that is required to keep the water clean and healthy.
The food you eat, the clothes you wear and even the coffee you drink come to you through the work of many hands. None of us is truly independent.
Being mindful is more than fully experiencing the present moment and seeing what is before you. It includes reflection and the realization of what lies behind the gifts of the present – their meaning and significance.
When we awaken to our interdependence with countless others, we recognize our own responsibility – to appreciate what we take for granted and to ask ourselves, “How do I contribute to the greater whole – to those I see each day and the many more whom I may never meet?”
Awaken to your own potential and the potential of this day.