It seems that there is a direct connection between creative thought and involvement in life and the production of epinephrine by the adrenal gland. When the challenge stops, the supply is turned off; the will to live atrophies. —Norman Cousins—
Living on the fringes of activities is a choice we can make. Always holding back, rather than becoming fully intimate with another in conversation is a choice we can make. Partial attention rather than wholehearted involvement with the task at hand, whether it be reading a report, chopping wood, or preparing a meal, is also such a choice. Each moment we choose half-involvement we are also choosing partial death.
The soul is only nourished by rapture of fully experiencing the myriad vibrations surrounding us. Attuning ourselves to “all that is” elevates the mind, heightens gladness, nurtures the creative act. Each task we take today will benefit ourselves and others only to the degree of attention we give it. The joys today offers are tucked inside the experiences that invite my attention. Living on life’s fringes won’t bring joy.