January 14

ACCEPTANCE MONTH: DAY 14: “How soon will we accept this opportunity to be fully alive before we die?”― Stephen Levine

The vast majority of people alive today are not actually a-live. They exist. One foot in front of the other, with no sense of direction or purpose. This is a heart-breaking was to do things.

They go from school settings to work settings and spend so little time in-between with life. They spend nearly no time outdoors, except for maybe a week or so on vacation. That is so rushed and hurried that they never enjoy it at all. Relaxing is beyond their means, as if it were something that is a luxury they cannot afford. They spend their lives rushing from one thing to the next, in the hope that they can accumulate enough money, things, events, etc. that they can show great pictures on social media to prove their existence.

The most alive moment in the world can be the one that is happening right now. And right now. And right now. That is all there is. The issues and accomplishments of the past may look good on a plaque or certificate hanging on the wall, but no one really cares. Spirit is not interested in diplomas, degrees, or how much money you make or inherit.

That is not the issue. How many frequent flyer miles you accumulate has nothing to do with a life well-lived. That is all about how fast and furiously you have run away from all of it. How busy you are, not how abundantly you have experienced anything.

Ego tells us that our value lies in how much we DO. Spirit is interested only in how deeply you LIVE. So much space between the two. When I work with dying people, they have NEVER ONCE wished, at the end of their lives, for more money to leave behind or more time spent in working on anything. All regrets are in the spiritual realm. Not having spent more time in nature, never having touched dirt with the feet and hands to grow something or heal something. Not being present to the people in their lives that they professed to love, but never knew how, except to buy things.

That is not love, nor is it life. Life is sitting still with self and others, listening to the inner urgings of heart and soul. Being absolutely present to a child when it needs to be held and listened to, not placated with another toy or thing.

Life is sitting quietly watching an eagle sitting in a tree, no matter what other things are pushing you on to go or do or accomplish. THAT moment is what life really is! A thrill of the heart and soul that cannot be bought or traded for anything. A moment of presence to what IS happening, right here, right now.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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