Fully Alive (by Dawna Markova)
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,
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.
This poem reminds me of the quote from the early Church Father Irenaeus,
“The glory of God is human being fully alive.”
That’s the goal of life isn’t it? To overcome our fear and to live fully now. Right here in this day. To inhabit and live this moment. And the key to living well – to become less afraid, to open my heart and become more accessible. In short, to love. Doesn’t perfect love cast out fear? And then with love cast out, awareness of the goodness of life in the present moment, my heart loosens and I become a wing, a torch, a promise – and my heart is lighter, there’s a smile on my face. The power of choice to live this way. Is it easy to live this way? Fear tells me no. But maybe it’s easier than I think. And when I risk my significance, even appearing to be a fool, but with love in my heart I live a life that counts – with seeds, blossoms and fruit for others. This is what I desire. To make a difference in the world. To help others on their way. To learn to live and overcome my fear so that I can help others do the same. May I live this day with passion, enthusiasm and thankfulness and may I benefit others as well.