“Sleep can wait.”
What a lovely tagline. Extremely apt for Sundown Marathon 2017.
Guess I won’t be sleeping much this Saturday night.
While waiting in line to collect the run pack today, I can’t help feeling both amazed and amused when I noticed this father-and-son pair right in front of me.
As father of two boys (who are now in their teens), it’s a really heart-warming sight for me. I salute this dad for carrying his son all the way as we were joined by hundreds of racers waiting patiently for our turns. It took close to an hour to gradually inch our way from the start of the queue to the collection booth.
For this dad, I guess it’s an awesome time to bond with his son, albeit tiring. I reckon, if he could run a marathon, this is probably a breeze.
The amusing thing is that, for this young boy, it doesn’t appear that sleep can wait. He’s like a Zen Master that appeared serendipitously to remind me to listen to my body.
When tired, sleep. When hungry, eat. When thirsty, drink.
When feel like saying something, say it.
When feel like doing something, do it.
Would life be much simpler, if we listen more frequently to our body, our inner voice, and our intuition?
And it got me reflecting and thinking about ‘waiting’ – something that I hadn’t experienced much since I discovered the joy of reading at a young age.
I’m not annoyed with waiting. Standing in line, be it to see a doctor or to clear the immigration (ironically, that’s a big part of my life due to frequent travel) doesn’t bother me at all. I just whip out a book and be grateful of the time and space I get to read a few more pages.
Of course, now that with mobile devices, it’s much easier to conveniently fill up every second of ‘waiting time’ – either to catch up on emails or the social media. Never mind the ‘screen addiction.’ I think the bigger danger is that we risk becoming even more detached or unaware of what’s going on around us. We become even more disconnected with ‘reality.’
In truth, had I been totally absorbed with either the phone or the book, I wouldn’t have noticed this amazing father-son pair right before my eyes. I would have missed the many messages this boy might have for me.
Today, I learnt, again, to stop and smell the roses.
There’s beauty and truth and wisdom all around us. One needs only to look.
So, the next time you sense the urge to escape to your phone, try doing something different.
Look around you. See what see. Hear what you hear. Feel what you feel. Be present to the gifts that Life is offering to you!
Don’t wait. If not now, when?