Thursday, November 19, 2009

Live.

This picture is hanging in my entryway,
It says: "Most people don't know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don't get too comfortable & fall asleep & miss your life."

My friend M and I have a love for these pictures by Brian Andreas. If you get a chance, check out the prints on his site. I really love the way he captures a feeling or experience in a unique way with very few words.

Brene Brown writes about authenticity this way:
Living authentically means cultivating the courage to be emotionally honest, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to vulnerable. Authenticity demands WHOLEHEARTED living and loving – even when it’s hard, even when it hurts, and especially when we are wrestling with the shame and fear of “not being enough”.

I get sad when I’m talking with a friend or acquaintance who has “fallen asleep” and is missing life. I get sad because I have been there too, and I just want to say:

“Wake Up! Talk to Me! Tell me how you’re really feeling, and then we can really connect and get past this bullshit. I’m here! Talk to me like a real person. Please.”

Whenever something bad or tough happens to another person (myself included), that seems to be when they show their true selves, when they accept and show compassion.

I was watching Ellen last week, and she said “Every bad thing that has ever happened to me has taught me compassion.” That is so true and makes me appreciate everything in my past and present life, good and bad. Compassion is such a gift.

Don’t get too comfortable and fall asleep and miss your life.

It is SO easy to get stuck in the routine of life. I believe everyone needs to get out of that routine every once in a while and really LIVE. Do something daring. Do something uncomfortable. Do something you wouldn’t normally do.

This was my something:

Was it risky to go skydiving? Yes, very.
Is it risky to fall asleep and miss your life? Hell yes.

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