In my life, I have been told that life has NO meaning (except what we give it) and that living a “meaningful” life is the highest purpose to our existence on this etheric plane that we call “life”. Do I know what the mean of life is? No, but I have a start…
Here are some things I know:
I love my children more than they will ever know or comprehend. They know way more than I will ever know or comprehend. My children have already taught me way more than I will ever teach them.
The only way to parent children is to keep them safe. They are responsible for their happiness. Empower their happiness. Keep them as safe as possible while letting them go to find their blue skies…
My life is not about me. It’s about being of service to others.
One’s legacy or reputation has nothing to do with success. It has to do with the feeling and experience you left people with when you interacted with them whether it’s the person who pours your coffee or your best friend.
Someone always has more money, talent, good looks and resources than you. Yup, always…
Marriage is choosing your spouse everyday. You want them to know you’re making the choice and that the possibility of NOT choosing them exists. You vow to: “love, honor and cherish” them. However, that daily choice is the action you take that permits you to love without condition, honor and respect your partner and cherish them completely because you understand fully and deeply how much life would suck without them. There is no greater feeling than KNOWING you’ve been chosen. When you stop choosing the relationship ends.
Professional sports is more show business than show business.
The law is not about the search for justice. It’s about quantifying responsibility and a dollar amount on that responsibility. If the court decision is not ultimately money, then its time; sometimes in jail; sometimes in the prison we build for ourselves called regret. Someone always pays. Beware starting legal proceedings with the idea that it’s a “slam dunk” case. The law isn’t about truth – its about what you can prove.
Creativity is not talent. Creativity is a permission you give yourself to act on an idea. Talent is not innate. Being “creative” and “talented” usually involve an unbelievable amount of work, persistence, courage, patience and time so the onlookers, non-believers, haters, posers and the gawkers can call what you do “creative” and “talent”. It lets them sleep at night thinking you have something they cannot have.
Here is the meaning of life: when the dust from our bones has been blown-away by a gentle breeze, no one living at that moment will know, care or remember that you or anyone you knew, loved, hated, fought with, fought for or died for even existed. Life happens now. In this moment. Once the moment is gone; its gone forever. We are but the dust and the wind. The fact that the tiny little rock that we call Earth hurdles around the Sun at 500,000 miles an hour and even our rock and Sun will be dust too isn’t a huge or meaningful event. It will just happen. In that now.
Live now. Love now. Shine now. Fall now. Rise-up now. Express now. Work now. Sing now. Rock now. Cry now. Move now. Take a chance now. Scream now. Get up and Dance now. Fuck now. Kiss now. Hug now. Cuddle now. Turn up the Music now. Fight the fight now. Bucket list now. Pray now. Forgive now. Raise your Hand now. Run now. Celebrate now. Honor now. Surprise yourself now. Live. Just live. When? Now.
Any waiting you are doing about anything that’s important to you is a waste of now. So, if fear is preventing you from taking action, consider that maybe that thing you’ve waited days, months, years or decades for really isn’t really that important. You’ve been hiding, pretending and suffering like an idiot.
We act now. Life is now.
~Michael Whalen is a dad, husband, son, friend, author, teacher, speaker, music maker and budding forgiveness enthusiast who is 51 years young. He is so grateful for his life and the opportunities he has been afforded to make a difference with others.
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