is today the first day or the last day of your life?

today is the first day of the rest of your life cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

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“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.)

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    Killer cartoon.

  • http://upliftedliving.com/ Meg Sylvia

    Great thoughts. I think the hardest part is pulling back the layers of the ego and false beliefs we hold about ourselves, but once we do, this true worth and beauty is certainly at the core of all of us! This is the major issue I’ve struggled with, as I think most of us do, with religion in the past- feeling as though whatever I do, I’ll never be able to keep up with the multitude of rules that “should” be followed in order to become “good enough”. But I’m coming to find that the stripped down version is so much more loving!

  • http://nakedpastor.com/ nakedpastor

    Thanks for sharing that Meg. I agree!

  • klhayes

    The feeling “less than” really speaks to me. I felt like that for many reasons (outside of religion) for a long time and it did not help me. I made really bad decisions and decided not to pursue opportunities b/c I told myself there was no way I could do it. I am coming to see how damaging shame is.

  • Jakeithus

    Not to rain on the parade, because I can totally appreciate the positivity present in the quote, but something just stands out to me. I don’t think the gospel, at it’s core, is summed up by “We’re all perfect, we just need to realize it”. I don’t think that’s an particularly accurate or powerful statement.

    In my opinion, “While we we’re still sinners, Christ died for us”, is the core of the gospel, and to strip it of anything else removes an essential fact.

    Again, just my own thoughts. Have a Great Day yourself!

  • Charles

    I do agree that the divine is perfect and unspoiled in the center of each of us. Have experienced that dramatically myself. I would say that another key truth is that we all live out a struggle between our egos – fear, control, greed, etc and our higher selves. And character is born out of this struggle. Our “salvation” is both a done deal, and a fierce ongoing battle, it seems to me


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