The “cost of living”
As I look forward to the start of 2010, I am reminded that we are still in the throws of economic and environmental crisis. Our troops are deployed all over the world in harms way. Many countries remain troubled by civil unrest and political upheaval. There are people struggling for their basic rights every day on many fronts. Internally, people everywhere struggle with their self-identity, their relationships, occupations and spirituality.
Now you must be wondering what it is I AM looking forward to in 2010?
The true “cost of living” is to show up each moment and to actually “live”! We must be open to the experiences in our lives. We must be able to feel the love and the joy, the pain and the sadness, and come out on the other side ready to face a new day - a proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes. Our world remains uncertain and unpredictable. Surprises abound; and not all of them bring us joy. All of them do, however, give us the opportunity to act – not just react.
The cost of “living” is to continually learn, grow, evaluate, and decide. The cost of “living” is to remain in motion; to stand up for your dreams; to seek higher solutions to conflict and destruction; to advocate for all living things. These are “actions”. While initially “reacting” to something is instinctual – “action” can require much more time and thought. It can take the form of constructing a new opportunity, forgiving the past, renewing commitment to a goal or changing the world. It can herald new joy, or stir up old pain. It will not always feel comfortable, but action must always be taken. To remain inactive, we will only stagnate.
The “cost of living” is to live your life in a way that makes you feel whole; a way that connects you with yourself and with every living thing around you. Live with gratitude and awe for all that you see. Expand your life. Reach farther than you think possible. Never, never give up.
I hope that in 2010 I can look upon my life experiences with awe and gratitude – every moment of every day. I hope I spend more time in action mode than in reaction mode. And I hope I never, never give up.
Wishing you a Happy, Merry, Joyful “action-packed” 2010 … Louise