‘Now is all that you have…’

I went to a funeral home once and saw this quote hanging on the wall at the front desk, ‘people sacrifice their health to gain wealth then give up their wealth to regain health’. My mentality was transformed by that profound thought. I’ve become so much more conscious of the practicality of it too…and I am saddened every time I see it around me.

People work 9 – 5 jobs then go on to the second at 7 – 10 in order to make ends meet, become rich and retire early, pay the mortgage or rent, you name it. We all have a reason to work and working is certainly important but where do we draw the line? is it worth all the things that we sacrifice. Without any scientific or philosophical research, I can confidently say that many relationships currently suffer because of people’s obsession with having a large quantity of paper namely money in their bank accounts.

It is truly distressing to grow up and realize how much easier it is to get a bag of rice of just about any food than a listening ear when the heart bleeds and the mind is in turmoil. What is it that we value in this very fragile thing called life? The money never keeps us warm when it gets cold outside, it might be there when the mind is overflowing with sorrow and there is so much pain…but does it ever listen? When will it ever be able to understand all that we experience and hug us when we feel so alone?

The only value money has is the one that we give to it. It doesn’t define who we are or how important we are so then, it pays to appreciate the people who we see today but might never hear laugh tomorrow. Nothing is wrong with enjoying the luxuries which money provide but at the end of the day it is people who will remember us and it is people who will use those green papers to bury us.

Live, laugh and love. Cherish each moment as they come, but be mindful of what it is that you cherish…is it the cold unfeeling piece of paper? Or will you chose the understanding mind and caring arms of those individuals around you?

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How are you?

ImageWhy bother to ask if you don’t care?

you ask me a question then hurry away

I am certain that if I threw my words at you you still wouldn’t hear

no care is what you have for what I could have to say

yet still you ask,

‘how are you?’

considering you interested is such a vain task,

I bet it would be different if you stopped for a minute or two.

 

 

You are stronger than you realize; when will you believe?

Image   As a child; we’ve all fell countless times, touched fire and other hot surfaces a time or two, been slapped for doing something we were expected to know not to do and many other things! We have recovered from them all haven’t we? we can’t even remember some of those dreadful things that our parents, friends or enemies did for us to swear that we’ll hate them for what is left of our lives. If that isn’t strength, I don’t know what is. It is the culmination of life’s events which gives us a testimony to stand up and share in church or butt into a conversation with people who always seem to have a lot to say.

The ability to move on with your life after a betrayal is strength, to wear a smile when you are dying inside is strength, the very fact that you are living RIGHT NOW is strength! Is your life perfect right now? Does your day always turn out the way that you want it to? Do people always respond to you as you would like? Is the weather always what you want it to be? Most things in life are NEVER the way we want them to be, but we still go on don’t we? that is strength.

Life is perfect, whether you believe it or not. After all we see things not as they are but as we are. Profound thought right? It’s not mine – Anaïs Nin said it and she is RIGHT! things are perfect just the way they are, just like us who were perfectly made in the image of our creature. Thing is, we have a suitcase of expectations of how things should and should not be….that is where frustrations and disappointments originate. The ability to accept and appreciate as is is great strength! 

If you are living right now, you are strong. It takes a strong person to live in a world that is void of genuine love, riddled with crime, violence and poverty and stained by every corruptible sin. Your mind is strong because it has been able to retain the knowledge of years gone by so that you can read this. It is within you, but you can only see as far as you look so, look beyond your doubt and believe.