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Life is to Live

“Life is short, and it is here to be lived.” Kate Winslet

I saw this quote today and wanted to share it with you. Many of us follow a rigid schedule, without any room for flexibility. My mother used to say that we get up, go to work, eat, sleep and do it all again, until one day we wake up old and wonder where our lives went. Structure provides direction, but too much of it stifles creativity. We function like robots, neglecting to see. Staring at our phones, we miss the beauty that surrounds. Ear buds block our ability to hear the birds. Attached, we do not relate to real people, including our families. “Friends” are on social media. Most we will never meet.

Below are 5 suggestions to start living, not existing.

  1. Try different routes to work or a different grocery store. Force yourself to think about what you are doing.
  2. Take an unplugged walk before work. Let your senses fill with sight, scents and sound. Feel the sun and breeze on your face.
  3. Plan dinners with family or friends sans electronics. Put phones on “Do Not Disturb.” Listen to what others are saying. Express how you feel.
  4. Take day trips. Get out into nature. Go somewhere you have never been. Listen to various types of music. Expand your mind. Visit museums. Step out of your comfort zone. Try new foods. Do something you have never done.
  5. Make a list of dreams, things you would like to do but put off because you do not have the time or money. Pick one and make it a goal. If you dream of having a yacht, think about other ways to get onto the water, sooner than later. Perhaps a canoe would fill the bill.

A wise woman told me not to wait to afford the big trips, but to build memories with mini adventures. Life is a collection of snapshots. Create moments to remember. Be present and enjoy!

Priorities

Brown Wooden Wheel on Top of Green Grass

What are your priorities? Make a list. Do the ego driven rungs on your ladder to success rank above better relationships, your loved ones, community service, exercise and well-being? If so, you may want to rethink it. What will be important when you face death? Will you ask to see your bank account or the special people in your life?

Goals keep you growing and moving forward, but happiness requires balance. Life is like a wheel.  Every spoke represents an area of your life. When too much energy is spent on one section, the wheel is no longer round and cannot turn.

Be aware! Time is an asset. Spend it wisely.

Turn the Page

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Change, terrifies

Fear of unknown

Slam a door shut

Open anew

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Permanence not

Cycle of life

Post death, rebirth

Fluctuation

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Turning the page

Write new chapter

Adventures wait

Onward saga.

PEACE

Peace

Life

Life

Snug Harbor

harbor mackinac island

Captain sets the anchor firm

In safe, calm anchorage

Two A.M. in howling winds

The anchor frees its hold

 

Set adrift with no control

The vessel doomed to crash

Waves are whipped to beer-like froth

React or blow away

 

Harbor snug was perfect choice

Or so the captain thought

Storms disrupt the best laid plans

To teach, so we may learn

 

Lives on Earth are fleeting times

For soul progression growth

Thrust outside the comfort zone

Be lost or reach for home

 

Guidance there, for us to ask

Free will, but help nearby

Practice stillness listening

The angels wait to aid

 

Life is full of miracles

Go forth, fear not, be brave

God’s got this, the plan is set

Believe! Feel Joy! Rejoice!

HOPE

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Wish not for the return to “normal”

Selfish agendas, divisiveness, wars

Hope for a “new” way of being

One that honors Earth and all living creatures.

Dial Down

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Dial down expectation

Instant gratification

Refuge found divinity

Honor life, thank the planet

One eternal energy

 

 

 

AWAKEN

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Be Still

tree

“Be still!” No entertainment.

Punishment

“Sit there and think about it!”

Tedium

 

Worldwide virus halts the train

Stuck inside

Forced to face our inner fears

Panic spreads

 

Look around at status quo

Comforting

New days dawn, the birds still sing

Flowers bloom

 

Time to chill, step off the wheel

Wait the storm

Meditate, appreciate

Inner peace