There are no words in my language that can come close to describing the wounds sustained by the hearts and souls of so many in the human family on September 11, 2001. My eyes fill with tears simply writing that sentence. The carnage inflicted on so many lives, physically, emotionally and spiritually is beyond comprehension. The fact it is beyond comprehension is a good thing, a healthy thing. Above all things, remember to live your life. Life, including death, happens to all of us whether we like it or not. We do not have control over everything and we are living a myth if we think we do. However, we do have control over our choices, and it is this truth that can make your life flourish. Follow your dreams. Why not? If not now, when?
Some of us have met the presence of death, and in some cases, our own death, up close and personal. When you are in this experience, how much money you have in the bank, the type of car you drive, whether you are tall or short, famous or not, means nothing. What is real is who you are, and so much of who you are is built on the foundation of your life experiences. If you are falling in love or listening to music that makes your spirit soar or drinking that first cup of coffee in the morning or walking on the beach or bagging a summit, the fulfillment you feel comes from the experience itself, not from anything the culture defines as some kind of status symbol. In fact, the only thing status symbols lack is status. When someone reaches the summit of Everest, they are not thinking about who made their hiking gear, they are fully in moment, just where they’re supposed to be.
Remember to live your life, not the life others tell you to live, unless it coincides with what you want and fosters your ability to be you in the world. You are allowed to be who you are. I promise. Give love to the world you live in, and while you are at it, don’t forget to love you too.
Remember to live – please.