“Hope that you spend your days, but they all add up
and when that sun goes down, hope you raise your cup
Oh, I wish that I could witness all your joy and all your pain
but until my moment comes, I'll say...
I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
with every broken bone, I swear I lived...”
- Lyrics from I lived by One Republic
If you have not heard this song yet you must listen to it!
This is how I want to live my life. I want to take it all in every day, every moment, every shred of beauty there is to experience I want to live it! I want to completely feel each emotion, completely love each person in my life. So that they will never wonder how much I loved them when I am gone. I want to go places and see the world, I want to travel and see the wonder and awe that God has created. I want to live.
We walk in a haze, living our daily routines, in a rut. If we are lucky something jerks us from this haze. Usually it is the death of a loved one, a disease, a car accident or a near-death experience. We don't have to wait for an incident to wake us from sleepwalking through our lives. We can decide to live our lives to the fullest right now, in this very moment. We don't have to desert our normal routines, lives and the people within our lives. We can still have all of these things we just need to live them instead of simply existing.
So, WAKE UP AND LIVE! Listen to the song. Write a list of some of the things you want to do or change. Here is a start:
Watch the sunrise
Say a prayer of thanks each morning
Smile more often - the physical act of smiling changes your emotions to happiness
Hug your friends and family every time you greet them or leave them (a real hug, a tight, warm sincere hug)
Set up a time to go out with a friend you have not talked to in a while
Go for a walk at lunchtime
Take a bike ride with your friends or children
Read a good book
Talk to your spouse about the places you want to go someday, explore the map and dream
Take a deep breath, feel the rising and falling of your chest
Feel your heartbeat
Today, decide to live fully not for one day but a little bit every day. So that one day you can say, "I did it all... I swear I lived."
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Copyright 2015 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp
About the Author
Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp - mom of 4 teens/wife for 20+ years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and the ability to recognize God. She is a retreat director at Sacred Heart Academy HS. She just earned her MA in Pastoral Ministry as well as a certification in spiritual direction.