Today I’m wearing a little bracelet from American Eagle that says PEACE. It has narrow green leather straps attached to a small rectangular piece of silver. I bought it as a gift from me to me during the 2006 holiday season because (1) I liked it and (2) I thought it would be a nice reminder that of the importance of peace: peace within one’s heart and mind, peace between and among family and friends, “peace on earth and good will towards men,” and the Prince of Peace.
Yesterday I wore a similar bracelet, one with burgandy straps, that said simply, “Live your life.” My son gave it to me as a Christmas present last year after a BIG HINT from yours truly. I loved the bracelet because of its reminder to truly live one’s life to the utmost and to experience all that life and love have to offer. As I took it off last night, however, I thought about the other two words: your & life.
So many people live their lives to make others happy that they do themselves a disservice. They dress to please others, choose careers to gain approval, stay in dead relationships to make others happy, live in areas they barely tolerate to appease others, and the list goes on and on and on. Sure, we need to think about others in our lives and all of the implications of our choices, but it is YOUR life. Oh, and as I was reminded, it’s not a dress rehearsal.
And speaking of life, the other word. It’s such a gift, and most of us go through our days not even thinking about it, much less appreciating it. The fact that we can breathe and move and see and sing and dance and speak and savor delicious food….ah, life! Are you living YOUR LIFE to the fullest?