Around in circles

Ducks in the water

Going around in circles is usually viewed as a pointless exercise, a waste of time. Doing anything again and again invariably induces little pleasure in the participants.

With a little effort, we can shift the mindset away from repetition or covering the same ground anew. We might choose to view the circles in question as increasing or decreasing limits of our connectivity with the moment.

Being fully engaged with whatever task we are undertaking draws to us all manner of sensations, which contribute themselves to the feeling of aliveness.

As we withdraw from the moment, going around in circles may be a case of focusing on the minute to the exclusion of the main event in question. A single item can capture our attention, for example the cobweb hanging from the ceiling in the corner rather than the product prototype and cakes on the table.

Without intending to go around in circles here, let me draw this post to a close with the words of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer: “Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

As ever, to share your input on the issue raised here, please leave a comment below.

Warmest regards.



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