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The Frailty of Life

I am sitting next to my father who is lying in a hospital bed, and I can’t help but be reminded about how frail life truly is. As I walk down the hallways people are in a daze from worry and grief, shuffling from one point to the other. I overheard one person state that they wish they had been able to spend one more day with their loved one. The driving force behind the creation of this blog is to have people realize just how precious and amazing life truly is. Most people live life like a ship without  sail, simply drifting around the ocean of life. Others, are so focused and driven that they are solely focused on a perceived end goal, and never stop or slow down in order to enjoy the scenery of life.

Each one of us holds the keys to living a joyful and fulfilling life; however, we must choose to use these keys in order to open the doors in front of us. It is imperative to slow down and enjoy the moments of life. Living in the now means to truly enjoy spending time with your loved ones, enjoying the moments of life that make you smile, and not focusing on the negative which only causes stress and grief.

How all things arise and pass away.
Better to live one hour
Seeing The one life beyond the way.
Better to live one moment
In the moment Of the way beyond the way“.

– The Buddha, Dhammapada– Chapter 8

Practical Tip: As odd as it sounds, if you live life like you are dying, you will begin to truly live. Enjoy each encounter with someone like it will be the last time you will ever see that person, love that person, enjoy each moment, because you never know if it will truly be your last moment with that person. Be in each moment fully, truly experience the now that is right in front of you, live in the now. Try to block out the voice inside of your head which seeks to distract you, and only focus on “experiencing” each moment of life by enjoying every sensation and feeling that is present.

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  1. Christina Cronk
    March 25, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    I really love your practical tip. Thank you for sharing.

    • March 25, 2011 at 11:02 PM

      Your very welcome. I love your blog by the way, and have just subscribed to your feed.

  2. June 7, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    What you have to say are words to live by. My adult daughter lays in a hospital bed at this time in critical condition with a traumatic brain injury and infection. I was exposed to death and destruction early in life through my work, seeing how frail life really is and just how random things happen to people from all walks of life. Knowing this all these years and having survived two heart attacks, I still did not treat each encounter as it may be the last. I guess you really don’t think certain things will happen to you. I am praying for her recovery and I have changed my whole outlook on life.

    • June 7, 2011 at 11:40 PM

      My prayers are with you. Enjoy the precious gift of life, and know that even the highest mountains and lowest valleys can be traversed.

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