now I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that we all have seemingly endless bouts of stress, fear, sadness , anger, depression, anxiety, doubt, frustration, etc. so I was thinking about this and asked myself why suicide rates have not skyrocketed? What is it that keeps us anchored? What provides us with enough meaning to counter this barrage of negative and painful innovations and experiences?
After some reflection, I came up with an answer that seems to work for me – hooks. The aggregate of those phenomena that life throws out that appeal and give meaning , individually, to our senses, minds and souls.
A few of my Hooks-
- the sensitivity and effect of human touch
- a genuine smile
- the imperceptible degrees of a gradual sunset
- the perpetual hum of life unheard-especially crickets and birds
- masasa moments- the popping and scattering of pods and seeds, the dazzling birth of new leaves
- the alluring power of Rocky Mountains
- music-that part of a song or melody that resonates instantly
- summer rain
- the warmth of direct winter sun (in Harare)
- spiritual moments that no words can describe
- the reality of dream
- the gradual and/or sudden awareness of the above.
An interesting fact-when I was reflecting on my “Hooks”, all my negative and painful emotions seemed to be subdued and diluted. Not replaced, but I got the feeling that in being a little more mindful about my Hooks, I began to notice them more-and took them less for granted.
so, what are your hooks? Write them down, start noticing them..