Live Your One Life
What if?What if tonight you went to sleep and dreamed the most magnificent dream? And in this dream, you lived one life. Just one, my friend. What would you dream of in this one life by design? Dwell on this thought for a minute.
Do You Daydream the Life You’re Living?
Some of you would dream of rescuing a princess, and others a prince. Some would dream of the most amazing adventures as you summit the highest mountains.
Others would dream of the ones they loved, and the love they received. And finally, others would dream of their tremendous impact on the lives of those they touched. I believe that everyone would dream one or more of these dreams in this one life by design.
Wake up to your life and examine which of these dreams never came through. Whom did you not rescue? Whom did you not love because you were not present in the now? And whom did you not impact because you believe the greatest of all lies, that you have nothing of value to offer this world?
The desire that came to you as an idea did not come to and through you from the universe to die prematurely. Not at all. It was sent to you to be unfolded as a gift for others. So, who or what kills our dreams?
Fear is the Culprit
Whenever we have the audacity to assume our rightful place on this stage called life, we are immediately challenged with limiting beliefs that question our identity and resources. You are not enough, and you don’t have enough. These beliefs chisel away our desire, and before you know it, another dream joins the heap of future regret.
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. — Norman Cousins
But the psychological and physiological fear that we feel as butterflies of uneasiness is only the surface actor in this play. The real fear is what I call our first and most primal.
Fear of Death
Oh yeah, we are going to go here. I have spent ponderous time running away from the thoughts of my death; the ultimate dissolution of this gorgeous, gorgeous physical form 🙂
Hey, if I don’t see it this way, how can I ask more of others?
But in doing so, I have missed the secret to my immortality. You see, like all dualities in nature, life only makes sense in the context death, and death only makes sense in the context of life.
This secret that I speak of takes the form of the impact we have on others. Think of your loved ones who are no longer present. That smile on your face and the warmth that now visits your heart with each memory is all the evidence you need of their permanence.
The Illusion of Loss
Their imprint shaped the person you are and continues to live on through you. However, the fear of death can dominate your thoughts and lock you in the past with regret, as well as to skyrocket you to the future with concern. Anything and everything to keep you distracted from the now. But only in the now can you truly have a lasting impact by living a joyful life that rescues and loves.
So, tonight go to sleep and dream your greatest dream and wake tomorrow with a promise to expand into the space that is your life by design. Live a little each day in this area, and you too will one day secure your immortality in this one life you are now living.
Btw, this article began as a speech and was inspired by another fabulous one of Alan Watts thought experiments.
This article was originally published by me on Medium and Linkedin.