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Part 1 of a 4 Part Series

How do we live like we are dying?.  Bob Goff tells us in his book “Love Does”:  “I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does.  It doesn’t come in an envelope.  It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen.  It’s the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day.  Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live.

Turning down this invitation comes in lots of flavors.  It looks like numbing yourself or distracting yourself or seeing something really beautiful as just normal.  It can also look like refusing to forgive or not being grateful or getting wrapped around the axle with fear or envy.  I think every day God sends us an invitation to live and sometimes we forget to show up or get head-faked into think we haven’t really been invited.  But you see, we have been invited–every day, all over again.”

Even if you don’t believe in God or aren’t particularly religious or spiritual, the fact that we wake up each day is indeed an invitation to live a robust, fabulous life.  Why do we so often squander this most precious gift?  We should want to live like we are dying.

When we don’t love ourselves, when we walk around full or guilt and shame or in constant negative self talk, we aren’t living fully.  The times we spread negativity or hatred, or operate out of ego or abuse of our power, we are wasting this gift.  When we hide away our talents, our creativity, & our ideas from the rest of the world, we are not living life and not fulfilling our purpose.

We spend so much time search for meaning; wondering why we are here and what do we have to offer.  Friends, the answers are within us.  If we spend time in authentic self-reflection and introspection, we will recognize that all along, we’ve had the power.

We need to show up!

Mr. Goff goes on to say, “When we accept life’s invitation, it’s contagious too.  Other people will watch us and staring seeing life as something more amazing, more whimsical than before.  When you show up to the big life, people (the type who don’t think they’re invited) start seeing invitations everywhere a thick as colorful fall leaves.  They don’t think about their pain or their weakness any longer.  Instead, they think about how incredible a big life really is…”

We are invited to be new creations every day; to be the beautiful, original masterpieces we were created to be and to live a fully engaged life.  We need to leave the cheap imitations of ourselves tucked away in a closet (or better yet, burn the masks and fake personas).  Our true selves can take the hits life throws at us and continue to be absolutely beautiful.

Over the next 3 days, we will embark on a journey of living life in a bold fashion.  None of us are getting our of here alive; so, if you aren’t doing it already, NOW is the time to start to live like we are dying!

To prepare for this journey, check out my previous post What Holds Us Back? and visit Bob Goff’s site for more information on his work

Goff, Bob.Love Does. Nashville: Nelson Books, 2012. Print.