Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. ~ Michael Landon, Jr.
It’s so easy to just wake up each day and not give much thought to how precious that new day really is. We wake up, get started with whatever the routine of the day is expected to be. I believe if more thought was given to the reality that no days are promised to us, each of us would live life quite differently. We’d be more mindful that tomorrow may not be ours to see. As a result of that thinking, we would likely approach each and every day a little bit different. From the people we spend our time with to the places we spend that time, we’d probably make different changes if we actually knew the end of our life was near.
Before I actually move on, I do want to say I, and I rarely forget, say thank you, each and every morning and every evening. Just that one word. Thank you! I am grateful for each and every day I wake up and have the opportunity to still do some of the things I still hope to do and accomplish. Thinking about my life on a deeper level keeps me mindful that I know not the day nor the hour when my life will no longer be in existence. Yes; I am very grateful for every breath I breathe and for the life I continue to have. While procrastination is a huge hurdle of mine, which I will write about that more some other time, I do have more I hope to accomplish, a legacy to complete or at least get pretty much in place, before I leave this world as I know it.
Living your life with the awareness that you are here for a reason is very different from just waking up as if it’s a business as usual day. No, it’s not that at all. It’s another day to be a little bit closer to everything you want to have during your lifetime. Everything you want to do to make your life’s journey that much closer to the purpose you were give life to begin with.
Live your days as if tomorrow is not promised. At least start with that thinking. Watch how differently you pay attention to your own life. When you begin to do that, you’ll give more thought to what you really want your life to be like. What’s not done yet that you still want to do? What is stopping you? What obstacles prevent you from living your life to the limit? What do you have to do to get out of your own way?
None of this is necessarily about some level of wealth. At least not in the monetary sense. It’s about ending each day feeling you truly got something done. Not just the things expected of you like getting the children ready for school, showing up at work on time or planning and preparing dinner. But, having days where each is approached with more thought about the difference you are allowing your own life to make. You’re no mistake! Only you can decide what your purpose for being here is. It’s already been decided. But, nothing new comes into your life until you are able to be grateful for what you already have.
It’s your life. You should be your biggest advocate of your own life. It is worth it to spend alone time, that still, quiet time, to give yourself the answers you require about what keeps you from living your life to the limit; the absolute fullest. We all owe that much to ourselves. The answers may not be easy to accept and even harder to understand how to fix. It’s the intentionally showing up in your own life each and every day that will begin to give you the answers you need. Change, as I always say, is not the easiest thing to endure. But, it can get easier and easier once you learn to make yourself a priority in your own life.
No matter what the difference is that you may be trying to make in someone else’s life; know this. Once you really begin to include yourself on your list of life priorities and learn to feel good (not guilty) about it, you’ll see that you then make an even greater impact in the life of others. This you may not understand at the moment. But, that greater impact may be up to and including letting some people go. At least on the terms that they’ve been in your life so far. Oh believe me; it can hurt like hell, at least at first. Growing and moving forward in order to live our best life often does come with some degree of pain and hurt. But, do it anyway!
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Do you find it hard to live your life to the limit? If so, what do you believe prevents you from doing so? Please leave a comment to share your thoughts.