As many of you know, I am a Martha Beck Life Coach In Training. For the record, I love it! Just last week a recorded coaching session done by a real live certified coach included the poem below by Dawna Markova. I was so moved I immediately went to Google to locate the poem. (What did we do before Google?) I have read it about a hundred times since, and each time I am filled with another beautiful feeling and an undeniable desire to LIVE my life. To me, living my life means that I need to start doing some things but it also means that I need to stop doing some things too.
To live my life I need to start listening to my own voice, start beginning each day by making a list of all I am grateful for, and start looking around every single day for opportunities to contribute something to this world by using my God-given gifts.
To live my life I need to stop giving in to my fear of failure, stop complaining, stop wishing people and situations were different, and accept things exactly as they are.
What does living your life mean to you?
I don’t often give much thought to dying, but these words have surely put dying in a context that makes a lot of sense to me…it’s all about the living.
I Will Not Die an Unlived Life
I will not die an unlived life
I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire
I choose to inhabit my days
To allow my living to open me
To make me less afraid, more accessible.
To loosen my heart
Until it becomes
A wing, a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance
To live so that which came to me as seed
Goes to the next as blossom
And that which came to me as blossom
Goes on as fruit. ~ Dawna Markova
I am going to keep this poem handy because these might just be the most magnificent words I have ever read.
As the old saying goes, “we’re not going to get out of this life alive,” but we can sure leave this life having LIVED it!
We are creating our lives…one decision at a time.
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