“I’d be BREATHING all the time I was doing those things, Aunt Polly, but I wouldn’t be living. You breathe all the time you’re asleep, but you aren’t living. I mean living—doing the things you want to do: playing out-doors, reading (to myself, of course), climbing hills, talking to Mr. Tom in the garden, and Nancy, and finding out all about the houses and the people and everything everywhere all through the perfectly lovely streets I came through yesterday. That’s what I call living, Aunt Polly. Just breathing isn’t living!’
– from the book Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
At some point in our lives, we all go through life on autopilot without waiting to observe and enjoy our surroundings and the people. Then when we fall out of this autopilot mode, we panic that life isn’t going the way it is supposed to go.
But every time we fall out of this autopilot mode, we actually “live” our lives because then we are aware about the things that happen to us, the beauty around us, the wonderful people in our lives and so on…
Instead of being on autopilot if we live with awareness about our surroundings and the people we will feel alive and happier.
Living our life means doing things that we love doing, observing everything around us, appreciating the people in our lives and being more human and real.
If we lead our lives on autopilot, we just pass our days doing the same thing everyday and becoming more mechanical and less human.
What do you prefer…. being on autopilot or feeling alive??