So many times we take so many things for granted.

The sunshine that falls through the window in the morning.

That good book.

The smell of coffee.

That thoughtful conversation with a friend.

The rain against the window.

That refreshing shower after that hike.

Our feet carrying us around.

That dazzling dress.

The beautiful song on the radio.

That moment of silence.


And then something happens that wakes us up, shakes us up.

We think of how fragile and precious our lives are.

We commit to appreciate life more – the little things and the big things.

We vow to do what makes our heart sing and soul soar.

We’ll stop wasting time.

We’ll eat healthy foods and put on our running shoes.

We’ll make time to hang out with friends.

We”ll travel.

We’ll start writing that book.

We’ll get rid of all the clutter that’s just distracting us.

We’ll say no to things that no longer fit.

We’ll be more generous.

We’ll make time for a nap.

We’ll uncork that bottle of wine – just because.

We’ll honor our dreams – now we’re really gonna go for it, now we’re really gonna make it happen!

We’ll dance in the rain – and don’t give a damn about what others might think.

We’ll stumble and fall – but we won’t care because we’re so ready to grow and expand.

We’ll be loud and still.

We’ll work hard and rest hard.

We’ll be focused and open.

We’ll play, discover, taste, experiment.

We’ll laugh, love, hug, kiss.

We’ll listen, talk, watch and let ourselves be seen.

We’ll be doing our thing.  Naturally.

We’ll be who we are.  Fully.


But then

we forget,

absorbed by day to day expectations and routines,

sidetracked by to do’s and have to’s,

overwhelmed by too busy and no time,

deflated by too hard and impossible,

deceived by tomorrow and later.


Till something happens that wakes us up, shakes us up.


Don’t wait for it to happen.

Celebrate life.

Right here, right now.

We’ve all got just one.

Live it to the fullest.

Live it.


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6 Responses to A plea for life.

  1. Sally says:

    This is such a poetic and beautiful reminder of our responsibilities to ourselves (and I think you read my mind… definitely in full-on live-it-do-it-stop-procrastinating mode this September).

  2. Anja says:

    I recognize these thoughts. Typical in my life the moment I start working after a holiday period. Some decisions taken at these moments give so much energy that I hold on to them.

  3. So perfect! It is an endless cycle for so many — commit to living life to the fullest, get distracted, experience a wake up call, commit to living life to the fullest….. rinse and repeat. We need frequent reminders to keep us aware of that fragile balance (but not so frequent that we start to tune them out!)

    • An says:

      Thanks, Joanna! I love how Steve Jobs put it: “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

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