Wednesday, June 03, 2009

For trosekay

"I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit."
Dawna Markova (I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion)

7 comments:

Thauna said...

Thank you! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! The first two lines will be my new mantra! That is beautiful.

Jo said...

I knew you'd love it, just as I did when I picked up the book at the thrift shop last year and read that on the back cover. I knew I had to bring it home and I did. It inspired me then, still does now and I'm so glad to share it with you!

Joanne said...

It is a great sentiment but difficult to live up to when chronically ill.

I can't believe how wonderful life is now that I have regained my body after 6 years of Lyme Disease

M.J. said...

Thanks for sharing! I could use some inspiration at this hour on a Wednesday. :)

Jo said...

Joanne, oh how I know how hard it is to really live, not merely exist, when being chronically ill and for much of the last 19 years, I've merely existed. I am trying, since Jan of 2008, to live as much as I can, when I am able, so that when I am ill, or in too much pain and cannot do much, I don't feel as if life is passing me by. Congrats for not giving up the fight against chronic illness and having a wonderful life!

Glad I could be of help M.J.!

teri said...

I think it's inspiring that you are living as much as you can when you can. Some people choose to do the opposite, and it's such a sad choice to make.

Jo said...

Thank you teri.

It's not easy to do at times~ living with disease is so hard emotionally, along with life's ups & downs. (Especially one that's chronic, progressive and incurable). It's very discouraging, frustrating, maddening and scary. Sometimes it (and life in general) overwhelms a person to the point where they can't function on any level and it takes everything you have to merely exist and that's all you can do. It's so hard. Especially when you don't have anyone you can count on. When you have a supportive spouse, doctors and friends, people who believe in you, it helps tremendously. I have now been on both sides of this.

Some people do chose not to live, others cannot chose to live.