I was eating an ear of corn on the cob when I noticed it – somewhere along the way, I had adapted the habit of comparing. I had forfeited that was in front of me to enjoy. I had flushed away the present moment’s joy by measuring it against the past; an epiphany that made me start laughing at my insanity. The past doesn’t even exist except as a story I tell myself! By indulging my judging tendencies, I was denying an opportunity to relish the sweetness I was munching on. I was too busy making up a story as to whether or not that particular ear of corn was “good enough.”
I laughingly relayed my insanity to my husband. “Oh, so you are a corn snob!” he exclaimed.
“Apparently I am,” I answered.
“How you do anything is how you do everything.”
I heard that saying ringing in my ears. I found myself wondering about how frequently I cheap myself out of joy by assessing the worthiness of the moment. It’s just a moment. It was just an ear of corn. How ridiculous that I was seemingly incapable of simply appreciating its goodness with my impulse to size it up against my imaginings of the past.
I want to be in love with every moment of my life. It seems the only way to do that is to let go of judging. It seems the only way to do that is to let go of the past.
It was just an ear of corn and I had burdened it with the impossible task of living up to my expectations.
But how am I to love every moment of my life if I am busy plastering “not good enough” labels across its content?
It just is. Perhaps it is time I just enjoyed it.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.