This quote was in my diary for this week, and it has really made me think.
‘They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realise that I’m going to miss mine by just a few days’. Garrison Keillor, American Writer
We often speak of the wonderfulness of people when they die, but how often do we tell them this when they are alive? Indeed, how often do we tell ourselves how wonderful we are?
A funeral is a celebration of life, but do we have to wait until we die to celebrate our magnificence or our brilliance? We are all incredible Beings, and the sooner we realise this, the sooner we can embrace our full potential and live the life that we were born to live.
These are tumultuous times physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially and energetically. We are in a state of flux and change, and it can be hard to know whether we are coming, going or have got stuck somewhere in between.
We do have a choice though, we can resist and turn our backs on change, trying to fight it with every last breath; or we can embrace it and use it to transform and evolve. After a storm, it is the plants and trees that have bent with the wind that remain standing. Those that stand rigid, are often the ones lost. This is itself is a lesson of nature, but if we use this analogy and take it deeper within ourselves, it is important to know that it is possible to stand firm but in a fluid and giving way, rather than a tense and fear driven way.
Sometimes we have to surrender to the ebb and flow of life; this is not about being powerless and drifting along with the currents of life (although we all do that), but this is about resisting less and becoming more flexible and fluid.
Life is essentially what we make of it. The aim is not to arrive at the end of life in a pristine condition having lived a perfect life, for it is the scars and war wounds that make us individuals and give us character. We rarely know when to expect the end of life, but surely the aim is to make the most of each and every day, to live a life well lived, to enjoy each breath and to live as consciously as possible? Life then truly becomes a living celebration and is not held back until we pass!
The time to celebrate is now; the time to embrace life is now. Life is not a rehearsal, it is but a speck of time or the blink of an eye in Universal terms; but it is important none the less. We can make it significant, well-lived, rich and meaningful or we can simply keep our heads down waiting and hoping for something better to come along. It is clear that in order to become inspired and empowered, we need to realise that we need to take control and to live fully and consciously in the present moment, to grab life with both hands and to celebrate each success when it happens.
So, when was the last time that you gave yourself a pat on the back and said well done? When was the last time you honoured yourself and realised just how special you truly are?
We each have a choice, we can wait to be remembered as magnificent, or we can become a living representation of it now! The same can be said for those around us; it is time now to celebrate not denigrate, to honour not disrespect.
Say it now! Believe it, feel it and know that you are a truly special, wonderful individual! Now you can pay this forwards...