(It’s becoming clear why my theme for April’s A to Z Blog Challenge was Question (Almost) Everything! I do love questions and what they open up within us!)
Last week I wrote about Life, Death, and Rebirth as related to what I see happening in the world, particularly in this season of Spring. I wasn’t necessarily thinking about what happens within each one of us.
But, if we are alive, and we are to die (and we aren’t really certain about rebirth, though I have my ideas), how to make this moment, this day count is a powerful, compelling question to sit with. No pressure… simply presence. Awareness. Choice.
Every single one of us knows we will die – that this life will end. And, for whatever reason, we sometimes forget to live with that truth as a guiding light. We act as if we have forever – endless, limitless time.
Your Last Day
What would you do
if you learned you had
one day to live?
No second chance…
this was it.
What changes would you make?
Who would you connect with?
How would you spend your time?
What would you let go of?
Why do we act as if
we have an endless reservoir of time,
so we’ll get to it “some day?”
The truth is, none of us know
when we will leave this earth.
So, why do we wait?
Why are we so out of touch
or careless with our ways
and our days?
We all know we have
limited time here.
Why do we pretend otherwise?
Why wait to forgive,
and be our full, beautiful selves?
This is so basic
and so overlooked.
Not wanting to
think about death,
we fail to live
as if life really mattered.
Let’s wake up and begin today
to cherish the people,
the perfect expressions of self.
And live as if today,
was all we had.
©Barb Klein, 2016 from 111 Invitations: Step into the Full Richness of Life
We put things off or we wait for the big dream to come true before we can be happy. We wait til everything is “just right” before we get married, have a baby, move, or retire. We hesitate, feeling not ready until we take one more class, do one more edit, get one more certification. We fail to hit "send" on the manuscript. Sometimes we wait too long. I’ve seen people retire with grand dreams and die very soon after, before they have had a chance to do any of the things they put off.
So, how do we live while we’re here? One thing I learned from my beautiful vibrant friend, Mary Lally, is to “live your f’in life!” Thankfully, she had a doctor who gave her this advice, even when she was living with the uncertainty of advanced stage ovarian cancer in the time of Covid. She knew that this moment is the one we are guaranteed – take it. Show up for it. This is my intention, no matter what the future holds.
To live life doesn’t mean you have to do big or grand things. “Small” things count so much and may constitute the majority of our days.
How do I want to live this day? With love. With joy. With hope. Inviting in new beginnings and fresh possibilities. Open. Grateful. Present. One moment at a time. Letting "good enough" be good enough. No pressure. Just presence. Love. Love for myself, for the people I love, and for life itself, however long it may be.
How about you? How do you want to live this day? Please share. Please live. You matter.
Here’s a little musical invitation from the amazing Pink: The Last Song of Your Life.
And a meditation, if you like, with a reading of "A Mystery" from 111 Invitations - Presence.
Please consider this your invitation to live. Fully. Whatever that looks like and means to you.