Earlier this week, I happened upon the words “You are what you seek” sprayed onto a wood panel outside of a construction sight on Crosby St. in Soho. I then continued to see that message, and again and again, throughout my day....
Who am I? What defines me? What am I made up of? These are questioned that come to mind when I reflect on those words I saw over and over. The way I understand “you are what you seek,” is that what we look out for / “seek” becomes a part of us, and directly effects the ways we go about our days, and our overall life perspective.
Here is a video about some of the goodness I happened upon that same day. I hope in it you find something that speaks to you, that inspires you to start to look for goodness in your life. Like I mention in the video, it doesn’t have to be on the streets, it can be in yourself, in those around you… (see where to look for goodness).
When you “seek” out the goodness in yourself, situations, environments, and people, that becomes part of you – that goodness becomes a part of you! And when you think about goodness like this, a connection between noticing and adding to goodness is instantly formed. By noticing we are already adding to it, as it becomes part of us.
Finding inspiration in unlikely places has turned into quite a hobby for me. And although I love finding it in places I expect it, there is a magic in finding it when I don’t. For example, today, I woke up thinking about all the things I wanted to accomplish. I felt like I was somehow already behind, in a race that had just begun.
I then decided to go for a walk. And there, on the side of the road was this mini garbage truck, with some words of advice for me. When I saw it, I felt like it was telling me, “Today, slow down to get around. Don’t think of this day as a race, rather take your time, and take it all in.”
My takeaway from this is that if we can teach ourselves to slow down when we feel like we have a lot to do - which is hard, since at these times, there is usually a voice in our heads' telling us to "hurry up!!!" - we can enjoy the things we need to do and "get around" with more ease.
I will be adding this garbage truck's teachings to my to-do lists this week, since I know that when I look at it, I'll need its reminder. Try coming up with places that you feel like you would need this reminder, and place it there! Some ideas: In a phone memo, on a post it on your desk, by your bed...
Today, this garbage truck was my teacher. I thank it for it’s lesson - as it changed the course of my day. May it change the course of your's as well.