Fragile: Our Lives and Our Bodies
"Life is fragile: means that there are no certainties, and that events like illness or death can happen without any warning at any time. We always say it or at the very least we've heard the old cliches about life being fleeting or fragile. Remember this one, "Life is short." That became very real to me this week when a friend had a massive heartache. We were the only two people in the office at the time when he started breathing irregularly. Quickly his breathing became harder and he began groaning. Before my eyes this man began to sweat profusely and turn white as a sheet. I immediately called 911. The amazingly calm dispatcher walked me through all the questions and all the steps. His life was saved last week because of the calm and brilliance of that woman and the paramedics. But still, I can't get the image of my friend out of my mind and it is a stark reality on how fragile our lives and bodies really are.
We say it and I coach to "live in the now", to "enjoy the moment", to take care of our bodies because "you never know..." It's more true than anyone who hasn't watched someone fight for their lives in a sudden moment can possibly know.
There is so much I want to say, so many messages that I have told clients, friends and family that have become more real to me. Here are a few: Love deeply: your family, your friends, your enemies, your self and your body. Drink more water: it's cleansing. Eat real food: because the 'food' in boxes and bags just clogs your arteries, decreases your energy, interrupts your thinking process and causes endless diseases. Live wild: travel more, explore, experiment, this world has so much to experience. Meet your friends: stop saying "I'm so busy" and make room in your schedule, be proactive. Exercise: it doesn't have to be in a gym, think fun like dancing in your living room. Relax: however that looks to you; a walk, sitting on the porch, petting your dog, going fishing, reading a book. Meditate: sit in silence even for eight minutes a day; it changes you. Stand, strong: stand for what you believe in to make our homes and this world a kinder, safer place whether it's for the Humane Society, conquering homelessness, feeding the hungry, putting in clean water in villages, Black Lives Matter, women's equality, girls going to school, the conflict in Syria, providing for your family...STAND, STRONG!
It's a work in progress this balanced life, I know. But it's possible and it's beautiful and it's needed. Dr. Wayne Dyer said this, "Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed." Mary Oliver wrote an amazing poem called, "The Summer Day." The last line from that poem is "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one and wild precious life?' What are you planning to do?