Every summer as a child, my father would take the whole family to my Aunt’s house in the country for an all-day bar-b-que. I remember those days like they were yesterday, not because of the wonderful times we had there, which we did, but rather because of the stomachaches I always got from eating way too much.
Despite my mother’s ever-watchful eye and her constant reminder not to over do it, I always found a way to sneak back to the buffet table for a yet another little taste of bar-b-que heaven. As the day progressed and my sneaking continued, I did what I had done so many times before, I ate my way to a stomachache. An ache so painful, I could only ease it by lying face down, motionless on a picnic bench for the rest of the night.
It took me three years of family reunions to learn my lesson, but I learned it well and remained ever mindful of the need for moderation.
While I always wondered how I could be perfectly fine one minute and then all of the sudden painfully full the next. I found out much later in life that it takes about twenty minutes for the stomach to signal the brain that it is full. More plainly put, it takes twenty minute for me to realize I was full, in which time I continued to stuff my face, resulting in one memorable stomachache.
Realizing the mind is a step behind the stomach I began to wonder. If it takes twenty minutes to realize I my stomach is full how long does it take to realize that my life is full. Could it be that my life is full now and I have yet to realize it?
Not knowing how to measure this since my mind is a step behind. I decided to look back at my life, not through memories, but through old photos I had of myself. It was here I found the proof I was looking for.
In each and every picture, from the perspective of this present moment, I can honestly say my life was fuller than I was consciously aware of at the time. I was, in a word, full and never fully knew it.
I realize this is a completely subjective test. But it has made me a firm believer that my life is and always will be much fuller than I am able to realize.
Copyright Rob Gruber 2009
Present Life Mastery Coach