Pablo is aging. In case you don’t know, Pablo is our soon to be 11 year old boxer. He’s not as boisterous as he used to be. He thinks before climbing down the stairs. But just touch his leash and he’s bounding about ready to go for a walk – as many times a day as you’ll take him! To me, he’s the perfect poster boy for ‘Live life when you have it.’
Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift–there is nothing small about it.Florence Nightingale
Life Life When You Have It
The last few years have been a great reminder to me about the fragility of life. Losing loved ones in quick succession will get you to re-examine your priorities. It will get you to re-look at life – and wonder what you’ve achieved. It will get you to think about the legacy you are leaving.
But the business of daily life seemingly comes in the way of pursuing these ‘higher’ things. Wondering what to cook for dinner, for example! Then preparing it and washing the dishes. Then starting another day all over again.
Then there are various other challenges that come with living. Aging is one of them! 😉 With age, come health issues. So you have to focus on keeping yourself well. Exercise. Eating right. Regular check ups.
You get my drift?
We seem to be waiting for some day in the future to really start living our best life.
But this is the only life we have. Why can’t it be our best one? Every seemingly mundane thing we do is towards living. Let’s do each task with joy and gratitude mindful to live life when we have it. I’m gradually learning to do that. It’s slow learning, but so rewarding.
There is no other way.
Zen master Suzuki Roshi believes that enlightenment is expressed by being just where you are.
A woman tells Roshi that she finds it difficult to mix Zen practice with the demands of being a full time mother, employee, friend, volunteer, etc.
“I’m trying to climb this ladder of enlightenment. But for every step upward I slip backward two steps.”
He tells her, “Forget the ladder. When you are awake, everything is already right here on the ground.”
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