A letter to myself, and to you - on saying
no to the busyness, the race, the fast. 


I am here to live, to be on a constant adventure.

I am here to experience all life has to offer. I am here to be alive. It is that plain, simple, and obvious. I don’t want to be part of the rush, the great panic, the deadlines; as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond ourselves. I am here to spend my days observing, feeling, going on adventures, creating what i am passionate about, and enjoying what it is, what I am, who I am, and where I am right now.


I am what i want to see.

When i am angry, i see anger; when i am sad, I see sadness. I want to remember that all that i see around me is how i feel inside. Thus, I strive to be positive, loving, compassionate, grateful. Every day.


All is now.

Life exists only at this very moment; all i have is right now. Before i can think, measure, act, it has gone, and yet, it exists forever. So, live it to the fullest. Be here to the fullest. That’s where freedom comes from. Are you happy with the moment you're in right now? Sing, dance, eat something you love, call the person you think about, say hello to the person next to you. Because all that is and will ever be is right this moment. Live with urgency.


Relax. Be in the Flow. You know that it will happen.

Trust myself to the water. When i swim i don’t grab hold of the water, because if i do, i will sink and drown. Instead, i relax and float. So don’t grab the goal and hold tight to it. Let it free. Let yourself free of it all. It’s ok to have intentions - an intention of a direction. Float. What I need will stay. What I don’t need will leave. My intention is to relax, breathe, surrender. Life happens to me in the best way when I let go and don’t try to control.



Question where that desire came from; where that thought came from; the food I want to eat; the clothes I want to buy; the places I want to go to; the dreams I want to achieve - are they really mine? ; the love I want to have; the house I want to live in. Question it all. ‘We seldom realize, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.'


See myself and the world as extraordinary phenomenons made perfectly.

I am beautiful, just the way I am. The people around me are beautiful, just the way they are. My size is perfect; my eyes, my nose, my hair are all perfectly beautiful. I don’t need to do anything because when I see myself and the world in this way I can recognize that we are all as much of an extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, water, the flickering of fire, the display of the stars, and the form of a galaxy.


I live slow, aware, small.

I live with compassion, excitement, and curiosity. I flow and I play.


Sign the letter on saying no to busyness

We who have signed this letter will hold ourselves and each other accountable for putting these ideas into practice. That is our commitment.


©Ariana Ivan, created with love 2020