Life is meant to be lived. You do not honor life by sitting on your hands and playing it safe. Almost none of us grasps the reality of our death. The evidence is in the way most of us live our lives. We constantly hold back on fully living due to various fears. Furthermore, we do not value each moment for the precious gift it is.
A year ago, I was out to dinner with one of my closest friends. We were deciding what to order as I was looking through the wine list. We are both big food and wine guys. I asked my friend how much he wanted to spend on a bottle of wine. He stopped and told me he wanted to tell me a story. He shared with me that he had just learned how another friend of ours was diagnosed with a degenerative illness that was going to leave him physically immobile for the rest of his life. This friend and his wife had owned a restaurant and worked very hard for the last thirty years together. The man had recently made the decision to retire when he was diagnosed with the disorder. My friend stated, "Get whatever bottle you want!"
Stop holding back!
We are not guaranteed tomorrow, or the rest of today for that matter. Stop holding back! Take the vacation; get the better bottle of wine; start your business; pursue your dream; tell someone how much they mean to you. Embrace life to the fullest. Don't allow fear or ignorance to rob you of life any longer. In my opinion, we are here for three primary reasons: to love; play; and create. When I am doing any of these things, I feel the most fully alive.
Take the time today to work on being more present. This is the only time you are truly alive. You cannot really live focused on the past or the future. BE HERE NOW! Life is a gift. Spend it wisely. Don't allow your fears or others opinions to influence the way you choose to live your life any longer. If you are like me, it is a constant battle against these things. But when I am victorious, life becomes so much more meaningful and exciting. I want to encourage you today to start to live all you can.
John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.
John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance.