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Monday, August 18, 2014

Living Life to the Fullest

Do you have to climb a mountain in order to "live life to the fullest?"

Or can a fully-lived life be one of the small joys and every-day events?

There's nothing wrong with climbing a mountain, sailing around the world, hang-gliding, or riding the ten highest rollercoasters in the world. But there are other ways to enjoy life.

How about reading a book, sharing a laugh with a friend, sipping tea by the fire? Listening to a cat purr as you stroke her fur while she snuggles on your lap?

Kissing your partner good-night? Putting a clean diaper on a freshly-bathed baby? Watching kids play soccer? Standing on a dock and looking out at the water. Chasing fireflies? Sitting on the front porch? Shelling peas? Eating vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce?

If you'd like to scuba dive by the Great Barrier Reef, go for it. But for a really full life you might stop and smell some lilacs and jasmine along the way too.

10 comments:

  1. Here's to taking joy in the most mundane. The greatest insight-causing experiences are inward, anyhow.

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  2. Well said, Ann. I just wish we had fireflies in Oregon the chase!

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    1. I remember chasing them in summer evenings back in Connecticut. :)

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  3. Since we are in a drought, I haven't seen fireflies in ages--but the mosquitos find ways to survive in herds :). Good post.

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    1. LOL! Yes, mosquitos seem survive all conditions. :D

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  4. It's really how we view the simpler stuff. I get so much satisfaction with just a book and a cup of mocha. Not big on climbing mountains, but I like trees and taking walks. Not big on sailing or scuba diving, but I love being near the sea. :)

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  5. Yes, going for a walk, especially along a beach, is living life to the fullest to me. :)

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  6. Sometimes it takes a nice post like this one to remind us to slow down and live in the moment instead of rushing through our busy lives. Thanks!

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