Once upon a time, I read the wise words about “merely existing” verses “living fully present.”
As we reflect on our lives, the lives of loved ones, and lives of people we may see on television, online, it all becomes so clear….. We aren’t all fully living.
I watched a documentary about amazing person named Claire who was living with disease that she knew would shorten her life. However, she lived each day fully. She shared in the documentary that one day a man with good intentions approached her saying he felt sorry for her.
She was upset and was offended that he didn’t see the gift that her disease had given her. Pity wouldn’t lessen her suffering or extend her life! Her disease gave her a platform to help others, a reason to fully live each day, and to always know that life isn’t about us being happy all the time. What can we do to make the world a better place from where we are and what we have to offer?
She asked the man if he was happy and if he liked his life. He said no to both. She went on to say “in my words not hers” that she wouldn’t change a thing about her life. It isn’t about the time you have to work with, it is more about how you work with the time! It is about appreciating the good things you have right in front of you and asking what you can do to bring joy and comfort to others around you.
I learned from Claire’s wise words and her life experience that the saying, “The grass is always greener,” doesn’t even say enough. We are wasting time comparing our lives to others! We all the get the same number of hours and minutes in a day no matter how much money you have, how you look, where you live or your health.
When I hear or see “alleged” examples of “perfect lives” of others, I remember that no matter how people may come across on the surface that we all have a story. We are all mere human and are all dealt different challenges in life. What matters to most humans across the board; to feel validated, have the best health as possible, to avoid pain and suffering, the ability to see, hear, touch, move, provide self care, consume food and digest food, to drink liquids and be able pass liquids out of ones body.
I also like the thought that every emotion, thought etc has been felt before by others!
Remember that there is always someone who has felt the way you feel, and they have had “that” happen in their life. We aren’t alone ever. Someone else knows how you feel and has been there. Someone else has thrived past challenges and is fully appreciating the daily things that bring them gratitude! You can do do this as well!