July 1, 2016

Listen To Your Bodies

LIFE LESSON:  Listen to your bodies.  I learned this lesson recently in a trial by fire.  Almost two weeks ago I was taken to the emergency room as a result of a strange feeling I had in my entire torso…a feeling and, a bit later, a pain of which I had never experienced.  My initial instinct was that something potentially fatal was brewing, but the logical side of me said “Nah, it’s nothing..it’ll pass.”  Well, it didn’t.  I was eventually taken to the hospital where it was discovered that I was experiencing a pulmonary embolism on both sides of my lungs as a result of a cast being put on my leg too tightly three weeks earlier.  Blood clots had formed in my leg as a result of the restrictive cast and several had broken off and gone to my lungs.  A whole variety of doctors told me how lucky I was and that, in all honesty, the likelihood of me having survived my particular case was extremely low.  I was told point blank I should have died.  If I hadn’t eventually listened to my body and gone to the hospital that first night, I would be dead.  I would not have survived the night.  Their words, not mine.  This was, needless to say, sobering to hear…especially when considering the fact that I’ve always been extremely healthy and have never been in a situation quite like this before.  I’ve lived rambunctiously, no doubt, but nothing quite like this has ever threatened me before.  Diving back even further, when the cast was initially put on my leg, I could feel it was too tight.  I even spoke up and let the doctors know it was extremely tight, unnecessarily tight, but they assured me that “this was the way it was supposed to feel” and “not to worry about it.”  Having never had a cast on my leg before I thought “Ok, they’re the doctors.  They know best.”  Not true in this particular case.  Had I listened to my instinct intently enough that first day and insisted they remove the cast and put another one on a bit looser, it’s extremely likely this entire situation could have been avoided in the first place.  I’m not blaming myself here.  I’m simply saying, once again, “Listen to your bodies.”  We have instincts for a reason.  And even if we don’t always understand why they make us feel what they make us feel, it’s important to understand that they make us feel certain ways for a reason.  Ignoring them is like playing with fire in a paper house.  It’s only a matter of time before the whole place burns down.  Don’t strike that match.  Listen to your instincts.  For those of you wondering where my health stands, I’m proud to say any potential life-threatening situations have passed and I’m on the fast-track to a monumental recovery.  I will have my full strength, power, and endurance back and be better than ever in another few weeks.  I’ll keep those who are interested updated.

LIFE LESSON:  Listen to your bodies.  Your life may depend on it.

December 17, 2014

Sunshine Gifts

It’s ok to demand a little more from the sunshine than what she actually gives.  Everyone sees colors in their own way…literally or metaphorically.  The sunshine helps us interpret those colors in the ways that we do.  Someone might see a light orange when they look up into the sky at noon.  Someone else might see a light blue hue surrounded by orange highlights.  Someone else might see neither of these…but might see a whole other universe instead.  These lives, our visions, our interpretations…they’re ours to create, to see, to interpret.  To box in an idea…any idea…based on what “reality” says should be is not living in my book.  That is merely existing.  To exist without choice is only to exist.  I say look up at the sunshine…see an orange, see a blue, see a giant dragon!  See that which feels like home.  For that is the way humanity can truly experience the gift of living.  It’s ok to demand a little more from the sunshine than what she actually gives.

October 12, 2013

Your Days Are Numbered…

…So don’t waste a single day letting life overshadow living.  In other words, don’t let the every day stresses, concerns, circumstances, situations, aggravations, and cancelations get in the way of you enjoying the every day sunshine, smiles, laughter, music, tastes, smells, and sounds that surround us and let us know each moment that we’re alive…  That is where the beauty lies.  That is the very essence of living.  It’s in the bitter-sweet taste of that drop of honey we add to our tea.  It’s in that accidental touch of life we feel as a gust of wind cools our faces after a long run…or a long day…or a long nap!  We smell the very essence of life itself when we catch that scent of honeysuckle in the Spring and we’re reminded of a time when we were kids…when life was much ‘more simple’…..all the while never quite realizing that that was indeed the most evolved way to view our own existence…through the eyes of a child…in complete wonder every “day” about every “thing”…when we were true Zen masters of our every day crusades. Smile through the eyes of a being that embraces living…not just life.  Shine on, grasshopper…

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August 11, 2013

Don’t Let Life Get in the Way of Living

I’m happy to just exist.  Perhaps that’s rather existential of me, but, without apology, I’ve made the rounds in life enough to realize over and over again that life is the result of our states of mind.  Choices, problems, unpleasant circumstances…they’re part of everyone’s lives…but the ability of those things to adversely affect someone is entirely permission given.  You choose your state of mind in regards to everything involving everything.  So…be positive if you can help it.  Be optimistic if you can stand it.  Be ferociously enthusiastic if you can swing it.  Be a warrior of light if you can bring it.  Live, act, and react in such a way that makes you the best or happiest being you can be…every day.  To put it simple, I’m saying “Don’t let life get in the way of living.” I’m thankful for my breath.  I’ll celebrate my existence with each one.