“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
“Live every day as if it’s your last.”
Come on! Which is it?
Well, it’s both! Summed up: you’ve got today. That’s it. Live like it. Be free. Be yourself. Live your own life fearlessly!
In this vein, I want to recommend a good book to you, Anita Moorjani’s Dying to be Me: My Journey From Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing. She tells the story of her near death experience and the remarkable transformation it brought about to her life. It’s a fascinating read. For me, the truth that she brought out of her experience is the most important thing that I think is worth reading. Here’s a quote:
“I would want you to know that every part of you is magnificent– your ego, intellects, body, and spirit. It’s who you are– a beautiful product of this Universe’s creation. Every aspect of you is perfect. There’s nothing to let go, nothing to forgive, nothing to attain. You already are everything you need to be. It can seem so complicated, but it’s not.
“If a religion makes you feel lesser than its deities, then you’ve either misinterpreted it or it’s not doing a good job of teaching you the truth. If a guru, teacher, or matter makes you feel that you aren’t ‘yet’ enlightened and still have more to ‘learn,’ ‘release,’ or ‘let go of’ before getting there, then they’re not doing a good job of teaching you who you truly are, or you’re misunderstanding them.
“Remind everyone close to you to be themselves, and tell them that you love them just the way they are! They’re perfect and so are you. There’s nothing not to love. Most suffering stems from feeling ‘less than.’ You aren’t less than anything or anyone! You are complete.
“The only thing you need to learn is that you already are what you’re seeking to attain. Just express your uniqueness fearlessly, with abandon! That’s why you’re made the way you are, and that’s why you’re here in the physical world.”
I claim this is the gospel stripped of superstition and religion. So… how else can I say it? HAVE A GREAT DAY!
*** (I want to invite you to check out The Lasting Supper where we learn to live like this in a supportive context.)