Today I want share my experience of moving from passive existence to engaged living.
What is it like when just passive existence is a default perspective? It’s a dull, droll life. Time passes without notice, goals and dreams – what are those, right? Sometimes this can become an embedded pattern and years can pass unnoticed until we happen to turn around and catch a glance at ourselves in a reflection.
Suddenly we realize that we are, in fact, adults and we are older than we’d though. More time has passed than we may have realized. It is flying by at an increasingly faster rate and we feel more than a moment (or three) of panic. The recognition that there is no going back. This is what we have.
What is it like to be engaged in your life? It is being authentic, taking up your space and standing strong in your truth. Being exactly *who* you want to be, without apology. It means day-in and day-out making the effort to practice being grateful (even just one thing a day) and recognizing the small moments for what they are, yet more examples of your life.
So, where are you practicing engaged living in your life? Bring your *presence* to the present. Be here for your life. Stand tall in it. Whatever it is now, it *will* change. Be ready to welcome the next phase as there will be both beauty and pain. There always is. Unfortunately we cannot have one without the other. But again, it will change with time.
We must be willing to bend and flow with the rivulets of time repeatedly bending our will to that of reality. Life must be lived and outrageously enjoyed. Live in the present. As often as we can.
Look around and ask, “Is the way I am living right now, in this specific moment in time, serving me and the way I want my life to be?” Bring your presence to your present and you will be surprised at both how challenging this is *and* how transforming it can be.
Trust me, life is better this way. Not easier, but definitely more pleasant.