On Blowing Bubbles in the Real World

bubble_colorful_colors_221291_l1You can’t walk into a job interview in your suit while blowing those drippy summertime bubbles that come in a hot green plastic container. You can’t give your elevator speech to the new networking contact with a qualified, live lead while sitting on a bench in Central Park blowing bubbles.

Or can you? Should you? (You can see where this is going…)

You need breaks from real life: to play, to float above the problems, to not deal. And you need breaks from taking breaks: to get up off the sofa and write that document, make that tough phone call, run the numbers. Most of the time, you oscillate between the two. It’s easier that way. Work while you’re working, play while you’re playing. No distractions, in control, not too sloppy.

But what would happen, how would life feel, if you infused the two? If you didn’t wait for Saturday night to have “time off” or wait until Sunday night to “plan the week?”

What would happen if – just for a moment, here and there – you dealt with the hard realities with a smile on your face and a bubble wand in your hand? Well, for one thing, you’d notice who thought you were nuts and avoided you (though arguably in New York that takes an awful lot), and who smiled along with you, maybe even wanted a go at the wand.

To make the largest bubble you can before the thin film breaks, you have to breathe easy, deliberately and deeply. You slow down, you focus, you let go (For a moment. You can easily get it back, all that tension, if you need it). With conscious awareness, you take a breath and focus gently on the ephemeral here and now. You know all too well the bubble’s going to burst. They always do. That’s part of the challenge, the pull, maybe even the fun. You try yet again: for a bigger bubble, a bunch of tiny bubbles, two intersecting bubbles. Or a laugh, a smile, even. Just to yourself. Or, maybe even better, a shared glance with a kindred spirit.

It only takes a conscious moment. Just a few moments can make a big difference helping you get through these tough recession days, shifting perspective, giving you a much needed and appreciated breather. So that when you return to the challenges of your daily life, you do so refreshed, energized, feeling less frantic and more positive. By creating a sort of resiliency reservoir, the same daunting challenges don’t feel the same.

It’s easy to lose the smile when the demands of daily life crank up. And they seem to more and more these days. Financial woes, 24/7 email and cell phone and internet, the markets open somewhere pretty much all the time – all of them demanding your attention. And someone else nipping at your heels – evaluating you at your job, dumping their job on you, lying in wait for your job. Seems as if there’s never enough time or bandwith. No wonder you get edgy, short-tempered, exhausted.

Who’s got the time or energy for anything besides accomplishing something or vegging out in front of the tv? Who’s got time to be conscious and focused on the little joys? Maybe you do, just for a moment. In fact, just imagining it might almost do the trick.

Copyright © 2009 Marlin S. Potash. All rights reserved.


3 responses to “On Blowing Bubbles in the Real World

  1. Amen to little joys!

  2. Nicely done.

    It only takes a moment if you can capture the mind, and take it far, far away.

    Reality will come rushing back, but the moment will linger with you….

  3. And, just maybe, those moments themselves are also reality, perhaps even the more central reality… Perhaps it is our practice, in our lives, to love and to let go – to give it all away as truly and surely and fully and openly and willingly and sweetly and with acceptance as we can. And then to let it all be however it is. Or must be. And keep loving… And keep loving…

    Because perhaps it is not simply the mind that is captured, but the soul that is touched, in those moments. And when the soul and the mind and the heart connect, they become a lens through which to view reality, no doubt even alter it. So the moment does more than linger; it influences, it provides sustenance, it grounds us in the deeper and truer reality of what is and what matters: love, connection, the abiding truths.

    The daily things we must deal with, the daily decisions and passing emotions and requirements of walking in the world, are then experienced in the context of what truly matters. And in so doing, they are more easily and lightly borne. Because we know, we feel, we know, they come and go, their import determined not by the strength of the emotion they trigger (which can be misleading, not a signal of truth but a signal of our fears or desires) but by their resonance with the soul.

    Perhaps the moments, the little moments, are the ones that matter the most. Perhaps the little is really the biggest of all…

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