One of my favorite quotes =
Matthew Anderson, D.Min.
To create a life
With such ferocity
Such passion and tender elegance
Such attention to what is meaningful
That one becomes entirely irreplaceable
A force of being without a wasted breath
A fullness, a light
That gives even in its passing
A glimpse of the face of God.
I am convinced that most people live their lives barely, sporadically, piecemeal, partially and for the most part unaware of the incredible gift they have been given. Instead they are carried and defined by the rules, regulations and rituals of others who are themselves unconscious of the real forces that drive their beliefs and decisions. Only briefly and in unusual circumstances do they experience an opening through which they see the true colors of life or the immense potential that exists in their own hearts.
Bodies move and responsibilities are met and work is done and children are born and the cycle continues but in the midst of this very little living occurs. Very few love till it hurts and cry till they sob and laugh till they fall down and sing and dance till every onlooker is caught up in the music.
Why are we all so afraid to live? What a strange question and so tragic that it has to be asked. Why are we all so fearful of opening ourselves to the magnificence of this life? I suppose I know answers that make a certain sense. We fear being overwhelmed or hurt, yes, and we also fear being overcome by joy but somehow, to me, these answers are not enough. They only leave me stuck in the fear and certainly not closer to being more fully alive.
I have asked this question for the better part of 50 years and have found at least as many answers as years but none satisfies, not one. And so I have decided to stop asking. I don’t care anymore. Why are so many of us afraid of living? I refuse to waste even a brief but precious second searching for an explanation. Instead, I have decided to live…to live as fully and completely in this moment, right now, as I can and trust that this living will be an answer in itself.
Now I have new questions and they are not about fear. They are about being alive.
Am I living right now?
Am I loving right now?
Am I present right now?
Am I sharing right now?
Am I participating right now?
Am I creating right now?
Am I listening right now?
Am I responding right now?
Am I feeling right now?
Am I grateful right now?
Only one answer to each and every question is acceptable to me now.
I do not have the time for anything less than YES!
I have no time left to kill or waste or pass.
I have no space for NO and no desire to hide from wonder or from pain.
I am resolved to live until I am dead and not die one single moment before my last breath.
I have only one response to this life whatever it is or will be…YES!
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