Life is a verb. Yes, that’s the title of a book I came across today. Yesterday, a romantic novel I was reading had the hero saying : My work is not a noun. It’s a verb.
Life Is A Verb
A verb – an action word. While I’m all for reflection and mindfulness, I’m also certain that we were made for action.
Life is a verb
So hard to describe
It calls us to act
Urges us to strive
To move out of ourselves
And reach out to touch
Others who need us
So very much
If you don’t act
You might as well be
An unused bicycle
Lying by the sea.
It upsets me a great deal when I interact with people who seem to have an BTDTGTTS (Been There Done That Got The T-Shirt!) attitude. How did they lose their sense of awe? Why do they seem so bored? What made them lose their sense of curiosity? Will this disinterest in life keep them from reaching out to others?
Boredom is a selfish act. Be curious. – Patti Digh
I also notice that some of don’t want to own our feelings – especially the ‘bad’ ones – anger, frustration, grief, etc. We don’t want to own that we were often let down by our own people. We refuse to show that side of us that cries out to be understood, to be loved for who we are. We put a lid on these feelings and put on a great facade. If we believe that life is a verb, we must embrace it with both hands. Take ownership of every feeling. Be moved by our deepest desires. Act upon our dreams.
When we come to the end of each day we should be able to say:
Today, we have been nourished with an awareness or our own life. We have felt happiness and sadness, jubilation and despair, realization and wonder, and with each thought, God has made us more alive. Today God has showered us with grace and we have again been recreated into who God intends us to be.
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