How To Be Wholly Alive

Three Men Standing Near Waterfalls
Photo by Sam Kolder

I am alive. What about you? When you are alive, it means you know where you are, where you are going, what is important to you, and what you are doing to make your life better. Being alive means you are not afraid to think for yourself. It means you are not afraid to live your life in your own way.

“Life is hard to live, but you must be wholly alive to live it.”

Sometimes being alive means standing up for yourself, for your life. Some people will like you, will support you. Other people will hate you for standing up for yourself. But don’t let people’s reactions stop you from being alive.

“Whatever you do, be wholly alive to do it.”

Don’t pretend to be alive. Just be alive. Live your life. Be fully present. Don’t pursue too many things at the same time. Focus on your life, your growth. When you love people, just love them with all your heart. When you work, work with all your power. When you play with people, play with all your heart. When you think, think for yourself. According to William Saroyan, “Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell.” Simply put, whatever you do, do it with all your might. That is what it means to be wholly alive. Life is hard to live, but you must be alive to live it. Are you ready to live it?

Just Let Go

Scenic Photo of Lake Surrounded by Trees
Photo by Roberto Shumski

“To let go of judgement does not mean that you don’t see what they do. It means that you recognize their behavior as a form of conditioning, and you see it and accept it as that. You don’t construct an identity out of it for that person.”- Eckhart Tolle, philosopher

No matter what anyone has done to you, it is not about you. It is about the person. Don’t focus on it. The best way to let go of what people have done to you is to surrender to life. Why is that? Because you can’t control other people, but you can control yourself.

Live your life. Keep going forward. You are here to live your life, not to think about what other people have done to you. You are here to celebrate what the Lord has done for you, not to dwell on what someone has done to you. Remember, you are bigger, stronger than what someone has done to you. If you want love to come into your life, you must let go of hate. If you want happiness to dominate your life, you must let go of negative thoughts. If you want to move your life forward, you must let go of your old self. Try it and see what happens.