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Hey, Are You Alive?

“The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death” 

Where are you living?

No, I don’t mean your address…I mean where are you really living your life?  In the past, in the present, or in the future?

Truthfully, we tend to live in all three of those places, at least some of the time.

For example, it’s really easy to get caught up in memories, great ones or bad ones, and it’s also easy to get stuck there.  Sort of like a brain freeze, just picturing the events that have already happened over and over.  We can spend hours in this haze, sometimes trying to re-live the moments in our minds.  Often a song can mentally transport us back to a moment or a time period in our life, and then we just drift into a daydream-like state, enjoying it if the memories are positive, or getting really upset if it wasn’t so great.

The future is another place we can sort of drift off to from time to time.  Not really, of course, since it hasn’t taken place yet.  Not to mention that we don’t even know if we’ll be around when it does.  But, we can visualize and imagine what might happen.  It’s actually kinda fun…albeit no less a waste of the precious gift we have in the present moment.

Live lifeYou see, the present is the only time you can truly be alive, because it’s the only time life is actually happening.

It’s worth thinking about, and it’s worth getting a grip on.  Otherwise, you might miss out on the greatest gift we have.  The gift of life.

I usually start thinking about it when I’m with my kids.  I imagine all of the time that has been wasted when we all weren’t enjoying each other’s presence.  It bums me out a little…but I do my best to shake it off and get into the present.  Again, none of us are ever as alive as when we are in the moment.  The here and now.

The NOW is also the only time you can ever get anything done.  The only time to get anything done!

So whether you’re primed for a lifestyle change, ready to get busy on an important project, or thinking of doing something cool like starting your own business, the only time you can make progress on your goal is now.  You can visualize what it looks like in the future, or you can dwell on the things you’ve accomplished or failed at in the past, but nothing starts moving until you take action in the NOW.

So here’s the deal…

Wake up!

Enjoy the here and now.  Enjoy the people who are in your life, and make sure you’re present with them.  Find the little miracles that exist around you every single day.  The moments don’t come back, and there aren’t any of them promised to any single one of us in the future.

If you want to achieve something, then get busy.  Not tomorrow, not next week, not never.  Do it now.  Start it now.  Make it happen, right now.

Live your life out loud, in color, with passion, and with purpose.

Just make sure you LIVE it.

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