Do Not Disturb – I’m having an NLE (Near Life Experience)
The first thing you must do to attempt to answer the question is define and understand what it means to be “alive”.
Does it mean to simply breathe? or perhaps, to be able to use any of your five (5) basic senses, i.e., see, smell, taste, touch, hear. In my opinion, these things more accurately describe “existing”.
[Meaningful Sidebar: If you are curious about how technology has and does impact our lives, go to Google and perform an image search using the word “living”. You will be astounded by what you find; at least I was. The vast majority of images returned were absent something very, very important. You’ll know what that “something” is when you see the results. If not, you had better pinch yourself to see if you are indeed, alive.]
So many of us are NOT authentically living, but merely existing, from day to day as we have become entombed in a routine we mistakenly identify as “life” or “living”, when in reality, it is merely existing, as an earthworm in the dirt or a flower in a garden. To be sure, there is nothing wrong with earthworms or flowers, however, their level of consciousness and awareness are incomparable to the human being; or at least that was the “design” or “plan”.
“True living involves and requires passion for our behavior(s), compassion for other people and a true “plan” for our lives.”
Why are we all here, anyway? How far along the way are we to achieving or realizing our “plan”? Conversely, how much time do we have “remaining” to accomplish that plan? Have we already met and surpassed our Life Plan? How are we supposed to “know” when we have “arrived”?
To be sure, these are all rhetorical questions, yet meaningful as they are, they cause us to think, wonder and perhaps even worry, about the significance of each of our lives. Profoundly, that is a good thing for it causes us to Live!
I contend that if you believe your life has value, is meaningful, purposeful and significant, then it is incumbent upon you, upon each of us, to invest the necessary time and effort into searching our soul to truly identify and/or define, who we “are“, what we are “about” and why we are “here“. And once our “values” are visibly discernible, it is subsequently our obligation to harmonize or align our thoughts, actions and behaviors with those values. That, my friends, is Living. I challenge you to work toward making every second of your existence a “Life Worth Living”. Be well.
If you truly have a thirst for living, you will be blessed to witness what Randy Pausch has to say below about life and living:
- Great little story (abbasyaldah.wordpress.com)
- 3 Smart Career Lessons from Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture (money.usnews.com)
- The Last Lecture – A Legacy (soulgatherings.wordpress.com)
- Live a meaningful life! (and why “What would they say about me at my funeral?” is a bad question) (paceandkyeli.com)
- Purposely (writingsofamrs.wordpress.com)
Posted on June 19, 2013, in Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths, Videos and tagged being, Carnegie Mellon University, Coaching, Consciousness, Google, Last Lecture, living, Philosophy, purpose, Randy Pausch. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.