Living Life Fully Today Is An Opportunity for Growth

April 11, 2017
“In order to develop a strong sense of the preciousness of human life, it must connect to one’s belief system. The belief system doesn’t need to be the Buddhist karmic system, but it has to be one that is critically aware of the uniqueness and special nature of this life form.”

— Robert Thurman, Circling the Sacred Mountain

Do you see it? Do you see what a special, precious opportunity each day of your life is?

Look more closely. See all the lessons you can learn. See how you can participate in your growth. See how carefully God holds your hand, guides you down the right path, offers just the right words and opportunities at the right moments, sends just the right people your way.

You can feel. You can touch. You can agonize in despair and giggle with glee. You can make jokes. You can cry at movies. You can weep in bed at night. Then get up the next day, refreshed.

You can taste an orange, a lemon, a mango—and describe in detail the difference in each of those tastes. You can smell a forest of pine trees. You can hold your friend’s hand and feel how he trembles because he’s afraid.

You can stumble and fall and feel abandoned, then get up and suddenly, in one moment, understand that lesson you’ve been trying to learn. You can jump out of airplanes, feel the smoothness of your lover’s back, and hold your child to your breast.

You can wait and thank God later.

But you might as well thank God now.

Maybe the best way to thank God is by living your life fully today.

God, help me to use this opportunity, this life that I have been given to the best of my ability every day.

From the desk of Melody Beattie
Originally posted November 28, 2014

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    ​The signature on my email these days is Melody’s poetic line “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more” to ensure I am constantly reminded to be grateful. I try to teach my three young boys the intangible concept that happiness isn’t getting what you want, it’s wanting what you have.

    But this meditation goes deeper, with perfect examples of the incredible preciousness of human life. Today I have traveled a mile further, appreciating how the discomfort of agonizing in despair balances the joy of giggling with glee. I am grateful for those nights when I’ve wept, and woken the next day refreshed. I am thankful for the comfort and sensation of a friend holding my hand when I was afraid. I feel incredible gratitude for all those times of stumbling and falling and then a few steps further (be it a day or a month or a year) understanding the lesson trying to be learned. We ARE guided; the right words and opportunities, just the right people are INDEED sent our way. We just have to stop for a moment and notice. And bow our head in gratitude to the Universe. Yes, let us celebrate the uniqueness and special nature of this life form.

    …And today I am left with a sudden craving for oranges, lemons, and mangoes.​