To the best of my knowledge, we only get one shot at life.
This is it.
And in spite of, (or maybe even because of?), the tragedies and ugliness we encounter with increasing frequency, we have an obligation to be kind to each other. To be more accepting of our differences, and to live up to our own fullest and best potential.
As Mary Oliver so eloquently inquires:
“What are you going to do with your one wild and precious life?”
I don’t know about you, but for years I simply went with the current, taking life as it came. Most of the time it was pretty darn good. There were ups and downs, to be sure, but overall I was (and am) very grateful and always count my blessings.
Then it started to dawn on me. There wasn’t any flash of lightning or sudden revelation, just a slow realization that there was more for me to do. That I have a purpose.
I am in awe of people who seem to understand and accept this effortlessly and early in their lives– it took me almost 5 decades to wake up to this truth.
Like a glorious sunrise, the quiet understanding that I absolutely do have a unique and amazing purpose in this wild and precious world lit up my life.
The longer part of the journey, for me, was discovering what my purpose is.
It took almost a year of discerning my strengths and life experiences, reflecting on my values and beliefs, journaling thoughts and ideas, and, mostly, listening to my intuition and inner voice – but I found it. I found my purpose.
What a powerful thing it is to know what you need to do in this world. It keeps you focused, it keeps you motivated and grounded, and it keeps you going when things get tough.
Even though I KNOW I am living and working in alignment with my purpose – there are days I want to hide under the covers and never get up. Funny. I thought it would be so much easier. I mean, when we are being intentional and are focused on what we are meant to do – it should be easy – right?!
Not exactly. The truth is that we are never done. As long as we are on this earth, we haven’t finished our journey.
For me, the more I grow and learn, the more I realize I have a LONG way to go! And some days I feel like giving up. This is hard stuff. But then I remind myself that anything worth having is worth working for.
On those days, (like today!), I am grateful to receive encouragement from the universe. It comes in many forms – like the song “Can U Believe” by Akon which reminds us to “ Give it all you’ve got!”
I played it twice on my loop around the neighborhood this morning – and now I’m ready to tackle this moment, this day, this life.
We only get one shot at it – so what are you going to do with your wild and precious life?