“The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live.” ~Norman Cousins …
A life not lived to the fullest is the true tragedy of life. The older we get, the more we are convinced that the true waste of our lives is shirking from difficulty and pain, avoiding risks, failing to give of our love, and refusing happiness. Death cannot diminish the potential we possess to live life to the fullest… only we can do that… by choosing to let the fire within us die while we walk this earth.
We will experience pain in life; someday we will face death; others will hurt and disappoint us, or cause us suffering and grief. But none of these things mean that we have to waste our lives, nor do we have to spend our time trying to avoid this pain. Doing so only limits our ability to experience life to the fullest and to share our love and strength with others around us.
How much of our life has been defined by the things we have not dared to do? How many years have we wasted avoiding risks and opportunities? Has our desire to avoid pain enhanced our life, or has it sabotaged our potential for growth, understanding, and living life to the fullest? In the end, it will not be death that will rob us of our life… it will be us choosing to be little men.
Choose to live fully today.
Questions to consider:
Why do we fear death? How does this fear play a part in our avoidance of pain?
How can pain and difficulty help us to learn and to grow?
In what ways does hiding behind walls limit our abilities and suffocate the life we have within?
For further thought:
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ~Helen Keller