I do not think I was truly acquainted with change until I was seventeen. It was more in my face then. I lived in a very small village called Rockton. I had longed to get out of the small town atmosphere. I wanted something bigger, and more exciting. I joined the Army with my parents’ permission.
Most of the time when we think of the subject of grieving, we associate it with the death of someone we care about but the reality of it all is that we humans grieve far more often then most of us are aware of.
What really happens to us when a loved one transitions to the next expression of life?
In my childhood, we were often sitting in a circle pointing out things about life or ourselves we wanted to change. It sounds horrible, but so it was.
I would not change anything about myself, or my life – even the bad stuff. It makes me who I am and I believe it is important to embrace all of life’s experiences as they make us uniquely who we are today.
This month’s theme set me to some hard thought. I truly believe that we are not just here to exist but really to thrive and become more. That’s what I love about TMH – its about thriving. To me the word exist connotes that I am just here. But I know on the cellular level that there is a purpose to my story and journey. Even if it is only to teach myself necessary lessons to live an impassioned life.
I used to be wrapped up in the “external”. What people thought of me was more important
My first impulse when I hear the word “exist” is to put a “co-” in front of it. For really, isn’t it time we as a species finally and truly learn how to co-exist with each other? We are all human beings, we all have the same basic needs for food,
When you read my column in this issue you’ll discover I lived a part of my life in survival mode. Not that ‘survival” is negative, as it IS one step above existing. Buy ya know to exist, survive, strive and thrive in life it takes effort, personal effort, labor for constructive unfoldment.
Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the colors, the smells, the foods and the temperatures of autumn and I imagine they love me too! For all of these wonders and miracles called to me, coaxed me and welcomed me as I was born this time of year! My lusty cries were first heard just days before Halloween 4 weeks prior to Thanksgiving and exactly 2 months before Christmas. Ah yes, I came into physical existence in a most wonderful and glorious season!
I am inspired to exist through many things I have observed in the last month. I believe existing has many interpretations yet to fully exist is to “be alive” and know every breath is life. When we are just trolling along on automatic pilot we cannot truly exist. To exist is to laugh, to love, to be in the moment, to forgive, to dance, to paint and to do whatever you love to do. I believe existing fully and completely we allow love and abundance into our lives.
I must confess at being totally baffled over this month’s theme, to the point of waiting for the information to start to flow. I spent many a night mulling over possibilities but nothing was popping. I am of the belief that if you are stumped you ask, so that is what I did.
What do you think of when you hear the word “exist”? Does your mind conjure all kinds of possibilities? A curious word, methinks…what does it mean “to exist” – is it just that alone, or is “existence” much deeper?