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How much have you lived?

What’s the most inspiring thing that happened for you this week?

The most inspiring thing that happened to me this week is this – news of the death of an old friend whom I knew from my teens. I was informed that he passed away from heart attack, and at the time of his death, his wife was 8 months pregnant with their baby.

At first I felt a sense of sadness and loss. His name was Kelvin, about a couple years older than me. Which means to say he is still very young. We used to party a lot together and shared many good buddy moments. He was a friend that we could always count on when we needed any help. However we lost contact over the last decade when I switched from corporate to holistic health and personal growth. He was one of the friends that I ‘left behind.’

If you had ever had a loved one or good friend pass away before you would probably know that the first thoughts that appear in our mind are the ‘What Ifs’.

What if I had kept contact with him and taught him raw foods, yoga and healthy living. Would it have changed the odds of his heart attack?

And then I quickly realized that there are no ‘What Ifs’ in life. There are only the ‘What Is’. The ‘What Ifs’ present themselves as a medium for confronting our fears and regrets, which in turn leads to self acceptance and inner growth. The bridge between the ‘What Ifs’ and the ‘What Is’ is one of the things in life that I call enlightenment; amongst several things including tasting quality wine, staring at a breathtaking sunset, and looking into the eyes of a lover.

Meditating on the memories of Kelvin, I wrote a song:

How much have you lived 
How much did you love
Time, is it months and years 
Or fun and tears.

Can time make sense 
If we don't know love and pain
How much have you lived
How much have you let love

Did you just watch the world pass you by
Did you put yourself out there
What am I afraid of 
I thought I knew who I was
Until love found me

Until you put yourself out there, bare, uncovered
How much have you lived

These 2 consecutive years had particularly been interesting in that I’d experienced the deaths of 2 close friends one after the other. The greatest lesson that stood out, underneath all the grief, is this:

While I’m alive, its my duty to live an amazing, wondrous and awesome life filled with love, fun and growth. And in turn, radiate this Light outwards to others who are in my path.

Thank you for being a part of my awesome life, and allowing me to serve you.

Hugs and Kisses

Linda         

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