Monday, January 23, 2006

The Real Question


I used to be afraid that when the end came
I'd find myself with an unlived life.
Then one day I realized--
call it a small epiphany if you will--
that there is no such thing as an unlived life.
All lives born into this world are lived,
lived in some way or another.
So the real question,
the question I must answer for myself each day is,
How do I choose to live today?
What choices do I need to make in order
to create the life I want?

30 Comments:

Blogger Heather said...

I am afraid of getting to the end and not being happy with what I did with my life, that i'll look back and wonder why I just didn't do the things I wanted and seek out joy more, that I'll be be so regretful. This is such a great question "how do I choose to live today" I need to live more consciencely (sp?) Figure out what I want and move in that direction. Thanks for the reminder.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Jill said...

Amen.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Frankie said...

What an utterly fantastic mantra to get me through each day!! I've copied it into my journal, and will eventually find somewhere to hang it so I can see it often. Thanks so much for the reminder.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Dana said...

Its all about living in the moment - and making that moment the best posible moment it can be for You.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Beansprout said...

You're so right. All lives are lived and it is the choices that we make each day that will determine whether we lived well in the end. Thanks for the insightful reminder.

8:48 PM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

this is a fantastic reminder. we are all living...but we must remember to feel alive.

9:19 PM  
Blogger tara dawn said...

Perfect! You have offered such insight into this issue of which I have been dancing around for quite some time. I certainly agree that this should be a daily mantra, a reminder that we are the creators of our lives. Yes, all lives are lived...but we must choose the direction and intensity to make it fulfilling. Thank you for this insightful reminder!

9:32 PM  
Blogger telfair said...

i LOVE these last two posts, and the absolutely perfect & beautiful photos you picked to accompany them!

11:08 PM  
Blogger twistedsoda said...

some of the things that you conjure up in my mind...I can't even begin to thank you!!!!

1:40 AM  
Anonymous irene said...

and to this post I say AMEN.

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

You are hitting your stride thinking about what you really want. I whole heartedly agree with the other comments posted. Thank you for sharing your journey. You've given me a lot to think about intention today.

4:41 AM  
Anonymous pook said...

you words are beautiful and true! Wow....

5:06 AM  
Blogger laurenbove said...

Oh. so pretty! I agree about the unlived life...it's the unfulfilled life that's haunting me.

5:10 AM  
Blogger kelly said...

wow girlie you are really rockin this week! you just don't even know how much your words work for me.

blessings!

5:38 AM  
Blogger bella said...

Wow. This was really powerful. No matter what a person is going through, they should always live by those last 3 sentences. Inspiring.

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Sitting Still said...

Thank heavens for small epiphanies shared with friends.

If I were you, I'd also be deciding what I was going to make with all those pretty beads!

6:54 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

I Will Not Die an Unlived Life

I will not die an unlived life
I will not live in fear of falling
Or of catching fire
I choose to inhabit my days
To allow my living to open me
Making me less afraid
More accessible
To loosen my heart
So that it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise
I choose to risk my significance.
To live so that that which comes to me as seed
Goes to the next as blossom
And that which comes to me as blossom
Goes on as fruit.
By Dawna Markova

She wrote a book witht he same title.

7:10 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

i have been enthralled with the
idea of choice
ever since we were required to
read the the choice theory
(by william glasser i beleive)
for my early childhood education course...
my kids didn't like it so much
when i responded to their cries of
"i'm bored"
with "you are making a choice to be bored. there are many things
you COULD be doing, but you are
CHOOSING to be bored" heeheehee

worked like a charm
:)

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Tongue in Cheek said...

Well said.
Thankful for the gift of life! To be able to say, "I once stood here and was..."
To be in each moment knowing that: Maybe I don't know why I am here or what to do, but I can trust there is a reason and believe that the reason of my life is good!

9:18 AM  
Anonymous agalyuk said...

This post reminded me of a quote I've always loved by Helen Keller!
"Life is either a daring adventure-or nothing at all." But I liked even more what you said, which to me was that every life counts, every life matters, whether someone else judge it or disregard its value. (I also want to add that I am so glad to have discovered your blog!)

11:14 AM  
Blogger ArtsyMama said...

So so so true. Thank you very much for this today!!

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Kitty Kitty Peacock said...

It is those rights, the rights to choose how we wish to live each day, and what choices we wish to make, in order to create the lives we want, which make we American women the luckiest women in the world. Live on. Live well.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous samantha said...

Let me add another AMEN to the pile - such a powerful question. I love the picture as well (you take such cool pictures) and really resonate with the Dawna Markova quote/poem someone else left in the comments. It's going in the journal NOW!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Abby Marie said...

beautiful, beautiful post, as are all of those the proceed...I'm adding you to my blog this instant as I'd be sad to lose track of your wonderful words and infinite beauty!

2:34 PM  
Blogger melba said...

I believe in every instance we have the ability to choose and then the ability (and responsibility) to choose again if a choice we have made does not resonate with us.

5:53 PM  
Blogger dweezila said...

i like this very much. It's true that we only have NOW to contend with...and it's hard to remember. But coming across this posting is the reminder for NOW now.

thank you

6:01 PM  
Blogger Swirly said...

That IS the question, and I think we need to ask it of ourselves every single day, then do the best we can. Today I didn't want to spend most of my day on the couch with a headache that wouldn't go away, but it was what I had to do, and that is OK. :)

6:36 PM  
Blogger ScottyFerguson said...

The fear of the end can can be overwhelming. I don't know if creating the life I want is my choice. I can create events that can swerve me into the direction of my finale. I think what I am trying to say is we do not truly have the ability or capacity to shape our lives completly. Sure we can make our own decisions as adults. By the word of our social law we are responsible for ourselves but...
Something in my bones now says there is something more to that.
Uh Oh... does that mean I now believe in GOD? I'm glad I came across your blog. You know have my woodburning brain ablaze.

9:59 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

fantastic words for living... absolutely love the photo... :)

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

So very obvious and true...and something we almost always forget...

8:28 PM  

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