‘Listen… are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life? –Mary Oliver (quote) Wow this hit me like a ton of bricks when I read it, because up til last year, I was only breathing just a little and calling it my life. In fact I can elaborate further and go so far as to say I don’t even think I was breathing at all, I think I had died inside. Anyone else been there? Have you been that low? Has the darkness overwhelmed you? It was so dark that I couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, but then I realised that I had my eyes closed! And when I opened them and opened my mind, then I could see how very bright life actually could be.
Yes I’m still in the same world I was last year, but my perception of it has changed. There’s a story about a man, I forget who wrote this, apologies to the author, but this man had two sons, the elder son was ready to leave home and face the world, the father was in an unhappy relationship at the time and told his son never to trust anyone, for no one could be trusted, and to get all he could get in life regardless of others, and so his son did. A few years later his second son was ready to leave home, by this stage the father had remarried and was in a very happy, loving relationship and gave the advice to the second son to love all he could, to trust everyone and to always give more than he got. Many years passed and the father died. At the funeral the two brothers met up and discussed how their lives had turned out. Both found that life was exactly as their father had told them it would be.
Our perception of things is amazing. We all view our same world differently. Some of us view it with fear, anger, and mistrust, some of us with love, joy and hope. Same world, different perceptions, but like the story I related, the scary thing is, you will also experience life as you perceive it to be. Think about this, it’s shocking!
So what is your life like today? Examine your thoughts. What would you like it to be? Better? Then think it into existence, and don’t delay, start this moment, there’s no time to waste. Life is very, very short to be unhappy, by our own making.
What more can I say? Here’s some life advice. Go out there and make it happen for you. Don’t just sit there complaining, letting it pass you all by. Grab life with both hands and DANCE! Enjoy it! If not now, when? What are you waiting for? To die? To go to heaven before you can be happy? I’ve been in hell on this earth and I can tell you now I am in heaven on this earth right now, don’t wait for others, make yourself happy, do what you love to do. Be love in every cell, love yourself, love others, be joy, be grateful, do no harm to others, be kind as often as you can, never be cruel. or selfish to yourself or others. Think positive, find positive people who help, uplift and support you, and you will find your measure of heaven too. Enjoy LIVING! I am!