Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"Look More Closely - At Everything!"

Brooks Wetsuits Ltd., a well known local Drysuit and Water Paddle Sportwear manufacturer, just released one of their periodic newsletters to their customer base wherein they make reference to a story of mine that appeared in Diver Magazine Vol. 37 NO. 5.  The message is one worth sharing. Angela Lee wrote:

“Now Is Really All We Have”

As I admired a photo by Jett Britnell (www.jettbritnell.com) in the latest issue of Diver Magazine (www.divermag.com), something in the accompanying text caught my attention.
In his description of the photo and the process Jett went through to get it, he says ”the lesson we all learn eventually is to look more closely – at everything!” and this resonated with me, as my friend Ruth recently wrote a very compelling blog about the same idea.  http://lifecoachingwithruth.blogspot.ca/
We are all so busy with work, home life, kids, aging parents, extra-curricular activites, and the list goes on and on, that it is easy to get caught up in details pertaining to the future, all the while letting the present moment escape notice! 
On Tuesday, a customer dropped into our factory unexpectedly with a problem that he hoped we would be able to help him resolve.  We were busy.  We had orders that needed to get out the door, and this interruption had not been planned for.  However, we put on our friendly faces and started to work through things with this fellow.  One subject led to another, and another, and 45 minutes later, we were close to resolving his issue, had learned a lot more about him, and he had learned a lot more about us, our business, and new ways we could work together in the future.  It turned out to be a very pleasurable and interesting part of our day.  Despite the interruption we were easily able to meet our other commitments as well.  So, I was very glad that we had taken the time to really stop and listen to this customer and look more closely at the issue at hand. 
Eckhart Tolle, in his book “The Power of Now” said - “the present moment is all you ever have.  Make the Now the primary focus of your life.  Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.  Always work with it, not against it.  Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy.  This will miraculously transform your whole life.”
With all our day to day distractions, this is a challenge for most of us, but one worth pursuing!
Carpe Diem!
Angela Lee
Brooks Wetsuits Ltd.
1067 Churchill Cr
North Vancouver, BC Canada
V7P 1P9
1-888-986-3441 Toll Free
604-986-3441 Local
604-986-3443 Fax