I'm am regularly reminded (at least this year) that there is much real life happening when I am looking the other way. Obviously, we all have the work we do for financial stability, but there is also the work we are meant to do in the world. I am struggling on the boundary between the two.
Sometimes, sometimes, the work I do in the day-to-day seems ridiculous when I see the work I am meant to do in the world. Today was one of those days - but that sense of detachment wasn't a bad thing. It allowed me to take things less personally, to worry a little less about perfection. (I said "a little less"!)
I have a friend who is quite ill and it just serves to remind me that our time here is short and that every minute I spend worrying about doing something perfectly or trying to make everyone happy (knowing that is impossible) is a minute I could be spending making sure that those I love know how I feel about them.
"Live life. This is not a dress rehearsal." I used to have a bumper sticker that said something like that quote. I just need to pay attention more often.