“It is not death that we should fear, but we should fear never beginning to live.” ~ Marcus Aurelius …
The tragedy of life is not our passing from it; rather, it is our inability to live life fully whilst we are alive and able to. I have often found it a bit odd that most of us find death so tragic, while right here in the midst of life, there are individuals who are walking around in pain–physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual–yet so few of us react similarly to this pain of living. In truth, nearly all religions teach that when someone dies, they move on to something better–heaven, union with God, a beautiful spiritual afterlife. So why do we feel that it is so tragic that someone–who has perhaps lived their lives to the fullest–passes on, while inside of ourselves we let beautiful things die all the time?
Some people never take the time to find their true, authentic self, and let that person shine forth. Many others build up walls against the world, and never allow their compassion and love to touch the hearts of others, or for others to reach out to them. There are individuals who have become fearful and judgmental, or who have let their childlike sense of wonder fade away. Still others have hidden away their talents and abilities because they do not have the time, or because they have other work and obligations to do that have a higher importance.
Deep down within our hearts, I believe none of us wants to reach the day of our death and realize that we have never really began to live. Yet so many of us do this very thing… and it often times takes some life-changing event to awaken us to all that we have laid before us. The good thing is that most of us can begin to live at any given time. With a simple choice, we can utilize our talents and our abilities, we can become an active participant in our life and the lives of those around us, and we can focus on all of the potential that lies before us each and every day we are alive.
Find or reignite your fire in life today.
Questions to consider:
What parts of your life have been lukewarm?
How can you reinvigorate those parts? What are some of the benefits of doing so?
Why do we often lose sight of the value and purpose in life? Is money, power, stability, or fame what you truly seek?
For further thought:
“The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.” ~ Benjamin E. Mays