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?

To Despair Is To Desert

Blue Sea Under Blue Sky
Photo by Riccardo Bertolo

What you dwell on is what you are going to get. It is easier to focus on what is not working for us than it is to focus on what is working for us. Life is light. Life is so much better when you dwell on positive things. The more you focus on positive things, the more positive things you will bring into your life.

“No matter what, do not give up.”

Don’t focus on what is hurting you. Don’t focus on what you have done wrong. Instead, focus on love. Focus on where you are going. According to Victor Hugo, “Let us have faith. No, let us not be cast down. To despair is to desert. Let us look to the future.” Life is love. Instead of casting yourself down, instead of living in despair, why not love yourself? Because it is better to love yourself than to hate yourself. No matter what, do not make the mistake of putting yourself down. Do not cast your life down. Instead, cast your life up. Live your life. Love your life. Celebrate your life.

“Live in hope, not in despair.”

“To despair is to desert.” Do not live in despair. Do not ignore your life. When you live in despair, you will find it difficult to get to where you are going. The only way to get out of despair is to hope for something better than you. And that something is your future. According to Victor Hugo, let us look to the future.”