Ah, to be alive.
To be alive is an incredible gift.
The chance of you having been born at all is about one in 400 trillion.
How crazy is that?
If you really meditate on that, the world around you becomes nothing short of a miracle.
Of course, in a few moments, the urge of something mundane will snap you out of this incredible miracle and bring you back to the humdrum of human existence. “I’m hungry, what will I have for dinner tonight?”
We are interesting creatures, us humans. Our brains have evolved like layers and layers of an interestingly flavoured cake. The most basic ingredients at the core and the more complex, cultured, and creative encased at the very end.
This human experience is a wild ride. It’s a spectrum, and we never know what event will spark where we end up next.
When times are tough, I like to remind myself of a quote that Eckhart Tolle once said, “The world is not here to make you happy, the world is here to make you conscious.”
This helps me pull my focus away from happiness, or running away from the pain, and instead onto “What is this situation trying to teach me?”
It makes me realise that life is about evolving and growing. Life is change. It’s not possible to be happy all the time.
How can we know light unless we’ve seen dark? We all must face the ebbs and flows of life.
Here are a few quotes that help me find peace in simply being alive.
“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver
“We appreciate light of the moon more keenly when it emerges from the clouds; if it had been shining openly all the time we should never have experienced this sudden ecstasy of light breaking in upon the darkness. And for this sudden ecstasy we have to be thankful for the darkness as much as for the light.” ~ Alan Watts
“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.” ~ Helen Keller
“To make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.” ~ Epicurus
“As a spirit having a human experience, you can choose to not merely exist but to be fully conscious and aware of living in a limited world. When you take a conscious part in life and its multitudes of choices, you won’t let life happen to you—you will make life happen for you.” ~ James Van Praagh
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different.” ~ C.S. Lewis
“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
“Sunshine all the time makes a desert.” ~ Arab Proverb
“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but ‘steal’ some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.” ~ Albert Camus
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~ Rumi
“You are worth finding. Worth knowing. Worth loving. You and all your one million layers. Always hold that close.” ~ Danielle Doby
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anaïs Nin
“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“You are new to nature. There will only be one of you for all time. Fearlessly express yourself.” ~ Unknown
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
“For what it’s worth…it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.” ~ Benjamin Button, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button