If you’ve ever taken the time to reflect upon your life and recount the memories of your lifetime, you might notice that the vast majority of those memories were created as expressions. Expressions of emotion; love, warmth, caring, happiness, joy, gratitude, sharing. And to be sure, expressions of anger, guilt, regret, sadness, loss, abandonment, fear.
If we are to learn anything about life, observe and remember the elementary lesson of the magnet in science class; opposites attract.
Together, these paradoxes of emotion ironically create the balance in each of our lives; balance that is necessary to maintain our sanity, to appreciate the good because of the bad, to create more happiness because of past sadness, to foster love because of the knowledge of the voided feelings in the absence of it.
Everything we do, manifests itself via expression. We speak, we cry, we laugh and we sing. We share a handshake with an old acquaintance, we smile when recounting the times we experienced with people in our past.
Indeed, to express ourselves is to experience the very essence of life.
If someone would ask you, what it felt like when you became a parent, chances are good you would have immediate recall of the elation, joy, hope and benevolence of that moment. And sitting at the other end of the spectrum of life, each of us can surely and vividly recount the angst and despair of losing your parents, along with the eternal nothingness of emotion as if someone had just reached inside your chest and ripped out your heart.
Moving along the timeline of your life, remember the joy of riding your bike the first time without the training wheels? Innocent happiness created as an expression of joy. And then there is the feelings of tremendous and overwhelming gratitude when you realize how much your parents sacrificed in their lives, so that you could go to college, have a safe, pleasant and hopeful life as you grew up into adulthood.
Continuing on, recall the immense sense of accomplishment you experienced when you stepped across the threshold of the doorway of the first home you purchased or built. The excitement and adrenaline rush of passion resulting from that “first kiss” with your wife or first girlfriend. The peaceful and serene moments as you watched in awe of a golden sunset, sitting on the rear deck of your boat, basking in the abundance of human nature, becoming one with earth’s elements; bonding with life itself.
Truly, life is but a collection of expressions. Paramount, however, is the knowledge that we possess the power to create every single one of those expressions as a result of choice and free will. I would be remiss as a Spiritual being to overlook the opportunity to remind everyone how crucially important it is to acknowledge this life as a gift to be cherished, fully and deliberately lived; and most importantly, expressed.
Amid all that is considered acceptable and that which is not, pure expressions of emotion lie at the center of all we do. Live life, don’t just watch it go by.