Come Alive- Trust30 (Day 6)

June 5th, 2011

Come Alive-

If you had one week left to live, would you still be doing what you’re doing now? In what areas of your life are you preparing to live? Take them off your To Do list and add them to a To Stop list. Resolve to only do what makes you come alive.

Bonus: How can your goals improve the present and not keep you in a perpetual “always something better” spiral?

 

I’m a firm believer that things never happen by ‘accident’ , but instead happen to serve a particular purpose-   at times it’s to teach us a lesson, and others it is maybe to serve as a gentle reminder of the path that we should be on- or maybe that we are veering off the path that we have been on.   Regardless of the reasons behind them-  as long as we are open to receive these things- they can serve as great lessons and treasures in our lives.

With the recent loss of my uncle, and Carol’s birthday last weekend-  I’ve been thinking a lot about regrets- life and truly ‘living’-  there is a difference, you know.  If I had a week to live-  the chances of me sitting on this sofa right now on a Sunday afternoon writing in this journal and talking about weight-loss on Facebook pretty much slim to none. 

What I would be doing- as best as I could, would be scratching things off my ‘bucket list’ left and right and probably questioning why I waited so long in the first place.   One thing that wouldn’t be happening is that I wouldn’t allow anyone to take my power away from me.   I don’t do that often- but it does happen from time to time, but I’m learning.   Sometimes the process is slower than others.

I love life- and I have been blessed.   It isn’t a perfect life- but it’s mine and I’ve been thinking a lot lately about doing more living – REALLY LIVING and less ‘thinking’ about it.  At the end of my life- I don’t want to think about the things I wish I’d done –  I want to look back and smile at the adventures that I had- and the wonderful people I shared them with.    In some small way-  I want to make a positive difference- to someone, to several someones- but a difference.

It’s time to continue to look forward- and stop even entertaining for a moment any idea of self-defeat or things in the past.   They are the past for a reason- and today is a new day.   Time to continue to let go of anyone who would like to make me feel less than what I am-   Time to make me NOW the best now that it can possibly be- after all- that’s all we really have.

 Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

2 Responses to “Come Alive- Trust30 (Day 6)”

  1. Troy Janisch says:

    Nice post! For some, a bucket list is a cheap substitution for deeper, more meaningful people connections. I think that bucket lists focus too much on activities — and not enough on the relationships we build and sustain. Keep on Keepin’ on with #trust30!

  2. admin says:

    Hi Troy- Thanks for stopping by. I completely agree with you. While I have many ‘things’ that I want to do- meaningful connections with people is always at the top of my list and a part of my life every day. After all, without those relationships- what do we have? That IS what living is all about- and sharing it with those we love.

    Have a great upcoming week!

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