During the past month or so, I’ve been taking time each morning to read, think, and meditate. I guess that’s one of the benefits of having a life-threatening disease – you realize that life is precious, and limited. I’ve been very fortunate this lifetime and have always expected my life to flow smoothly, without serious challenges that other people face. But is smoothly flowing through life enough?
We all make choices every day that determine the shape and outcome of our life. As Mary quoted Dr. Norman Vincent Peale in a previous post, “The secret of life is not what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you.” I believe that I’ve made lots of good decisions in my life, but I’ve also suffered through the consequences of some not so good decisions.
A recent reading compared water to our life. Water can be trapped in a pond in the woods and become stagnant. Or water can dance down the face of a beautiful fountain in the city square. One is barely alive and the other is vibrant and inspiring, just as with our lives.
I’m not there, but I choose to live the rest of my life like the water in the fountain, full of energy, flowing freely, and maybe even inspiring others.