How often do we simply go through the motions in our day to day lives?
It’s easy to fall into a pattern and set the cruise control. Becoming perfunctory is the inevitable outcome when things are too redundant or too predictable.
But the danger that arises when we "check out", is that our minds can drift to anywhere else but here. We focus on the past or look to the future, instead of embracing the present moment, which is something we frequently take for granted.
On a small scale or for certain tasks, this isn’t a huge problem. But when it accounts for the majority of everything we do, it can become an issue…
Too often, we follow our routine and just coast from one day to the next, with perhaps some small deviation and a bit of variation for the weekend...Or perhaps not.
For many, the only break from their monotony comes but once a year in the form of a vacation. Yet others aren’t fortunate enough to even have this luxury.
But is that really the best use of what little time we have been given? Should we be content to spend most of our lives as an automaton? To just “show up” and play our part with no keen awareness of what we are doing or where we are going?
Machines are great for performing tedious tasks ad infinitum. But should we strive for such an existence for ourselves? Are we in danger of becoming nothing more than some meat covered machination?