We all know the old saying, "live this day as if it is your last", and we all know the value of those words. But the truth is that most of us don't, we don't live each day as if it were the last, we don't value those hours, those minutes, those seconds of our days. We take them for granted, rarely considering the fact that they may very well be our last, or the last hours of someone we love, someone we work with, someone we care about.
All of us know how tenuous life is, how frail our human form, how easily the heart can cease to function, the liver to fail, the lungs to clog, the kidneys to close down. All if us know that we have a time to be born, a time to die, and, if we are lucky, days, months, years in between, life, life to live.
When I was nineteen one of my many life time traumas began. It was discovered that I had had a physical deformity since birth which was putting my life at risk. Two years, two major surgeries, tests, medications, more treatments, more medications later, very frail, but very much alive, I determined never to take anything-life, health-for granted again. Of course I did, I do, I'm human.
When my daughter was sixteen, her best friend, also sixteen, and in fact, on her sixteenth birthday, had a massive bleed in the brain, and died, almost instantaneously. We were all shocked, confused, unable or unwilling to accept what had happened. The loss of her friend impacted my child greatly. She would never forget, never take life for granted again. Of course she did, she does, and she too is human.
A few weeks ago I stood at the bedside of my daughter, in the intensive care unit at New York hospital. She had been raced by ambulance through the streets of New York, her condition, critical, massive internal bleeding. Surgery, tests, medications, more treatments, more medications, extremely frail, her recovery very slow and arduous, but very much alive, I determined, once again, never to take anything-life, health-for granted. Of course I will, I shall, I'm human.
The lesson this month is about crisis, humanness, and survival.
The truth is that if we were not able in our humanness, to take life for granted, then we would have no life to speak of. We might become too obsessed, too focused on 'the end' to be able to treasure what we have, to treasure what life is all about. If we were not able to take life for granted then we might be in danger of focusing more on the negative than the positive.
We are human. We go through crisis, and mostly, we survive, we find reasons to go on, we find ways in which to make the best of the life we are given.
What are your human frailties? Which characteristics do you possess that you see as the most positive or the most negative?
Think of the crisis situations in your life. How, and in what way, did you survive? What reasons do you have to survive? How big a part does faith have in your life?
What can you do to better the life you have?
I wish I could live every day of my life as if it were the last, but I am human. I get caught up in things, I don't always think, or even have time to think. So I simply try to take advantage of those moments of crisis, which remind me to value what I have, and the rest of the time..I live my life the best I can. Do you?
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