live with intention.
walk to the edge.
play with abandon.
choose with no regret.
continue to learn.
appreciate your friends.
do what you love.
live as if this is all there is.
-mary anne radmacher
The tenth line of Mary Anne Radmacher’s poem, the mantra I have been dissecting for days now, seems so obvious, so simple in its message. Doing what one loves seems just as vital as breathing. So tell me then, why is it so difficult on many levels and something we run from? Instead putting duty first using our heads dialogue to direct us away from our hearts desires and blocking us from what really matters. Can you tell me?
This is something WE all battle. Others more artfully and less painfully.
If the message is so obvious resonating peace in our hearts when we read it why then do we battle in our heads to live it out?
Just something I am thinking about on this chilly summer morning as I am doing one thing that I love, one thing that I am finally making room for in my life, filling a blank page.
What would happen then if every day we did one thing that we loved? Just one thing. Maybe then the next day when something we don’t love was starring at us in the face we could more easily step away from it replacing it with one more thing that we love. Doing two things in one day what we love…now what would that feel like?
At twelve in the afternoon, still in my pajamas on a Monday, my head is telling me as this page is just about full, it is time to get dressed, do a load of laundry. But my heart, my beating heart, is going to win this one and I am going to go open a book, the second thing that I love.
by J.G. McGlothern