“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all.” – Oscar Wilde
Life is a wonderful gift. No doubt about it. But at times it can be confusing, leaving us weary and exhausted beyond all telling.
God gives to each of us a life to be lived and great work to do at each stage of our life. Some of us start with gusto and fizzle out. Some of us just pretend to run the race, but never really start at all. And some of us grind slowly to a halt in routine.
If we cling blindly to what we have, our old ideas, or the ways we have always done things, we will never become what we are called to be. We’ll dry up and die.
We were made for more than dry crusts and cold leftovers.
I read this piece by Pablo Neruda giving me a new perspective ….
“You start dying slowly if you don’t travel, if you don’t read, if you do not listen to the sounds of life, if you don’t appreciate yourself.
You start dying slowly when you kill your self-esteem; when you do not let others help you.
You start dying slowly if you become a slave to your habits, walking everyday on the same paths…if you do not change your routine, if you do not wear different colors or you do not speak to those you don’t know.
You start dying slowly if you avoid feeling passion and their turbulent emotions; those which make your eyes glisten and your heart beat fast.
You start dying slowly if you not change your life when you are satisfied with your joy, or with your love, if you do risk what is safe for the uncertain, if you do not go after a dream, if you do not allow yourself at least once in your lifetime to run away from sensible advice….”
We are all called to live, really live this life to the fullest not just exist.
The clock is ticking, so let’s really take hold of each opportunity and invest in it….all of it….wisely and now!