“Life is Living”
Before reading, you must understand that this literature is not politically correct. It does not dwell on right and wrong. I seek to bridge the gap between black and white, yes and no, heaven and hell, true or false. What is right? What is wrong? It seems as if theories thrive off of misunderstanding. In most cases, the only thing missing is understanding. As humans, we tend to live in fear, and love in fear. Love and fear create equal comfort zones. You may have a love of life and a fear of death. Both, equally, place limits on ones potential.
I wish that I could fly, but I believe that it is not a possible phenomenon. Therefore, I will never attempt to jump off of that cliff, tree branch, or even sidewalk because of the possibility of death; never taking into consideration the possibility of flight. Death may not be in the literal context. It can be to fail, to be injured, or even embarrassed. As humans, we have the innate ability to determine what life and death mean to us, individually. When a person eliminates any belief that was not self-constructed, fear and limits are released. Life becomes less about results, and more about purpose. To live is to try. To die is to not attempt. Live in the moment.
When I was a child I would give anything to avoid nap time. Now that I’m an adult, I’d give everything for a nap time. It’s weird, but that’s the beauty of life, learning not to take things for granted. Hindsight is really 20/20. So every day, between sunrise and sunset, I look forward to sight, growth, learning, helping, and leaving the world a better place before I rest my eyes. If I’m fortunate enough to wake the next day, I’ll do it all again.
Those simple things are the meaning of life. It is not about money, awards, or promotions. In fact, I know that my legacy is not even about me. This world was here before me, and it will be here after me. My legacy is ensuring that it will be better for those to come, understanding that every action has a reaction. I may not be affected by the reaction, but that does not make me less responsible. If I do not give that homeless man on the corner a meal, and he robs a bank, then I am just as liable as him because I passed on an opportunity to help. Why not approach danger? Should you lock your car doors or walk to the other side of the street when that hooded-black man is approaching your pathway? Or should you greet the situation, in search of insight? You may learn that you were in no danger. You may be presented with an opportunity to help a fellow human. This help may come in the form of advice or just an open ear. It is an act of life and an act of love.
Love thy neighbor as thy self. There are different levels of intimacy, but there is only one type of love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 states, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” This type of love can be for a sibling, parent, spouse, friend, or complete stranger. It is selfless and of no benefit. This love offers nothing to the giver, and everything to the receiver. One of my most powerful lessons of love is when a mother told me that the weakest and most selfish thing that she could have done was to have children. I was completely baffled, yet intrigued. I asked her to explain. She said, “How selfish of me was it to bring a life into such a bad world?” “My biggest weakness is my kids because I no longer matter. My world is them.” This gave me a greater understanding of my mother, and mothers around the world. That was the greatest act of love I had ever encountered; to pause your dreams, visions, and progress for someone else.