No Regrets

“i was up at 3:30 Tuesday, headed to Tennessee for two talks–one on Writing, one on faith–and then to Chicago for a talk on the Search for Meaning. They are all, at core, the same–the decision on how we choose to live this one short, precious life. The decision to stop hitting the snooze button. The willingness not to be good at things right away, to be clueless but committed; to make more messes and mistakes in the interest of living with spaciousness and a sense of presence; to find out who we truly are, who we were born to be, and to learn to love that screwed up, disappointing, heartbreakingly dear self of ours.”~ Anne Lamott

I’ve been re-reading this quote for the last 48 hours. Breaking it down; sentence by sentence, word by word. Wrestling with its meaning, and asking myself why it has struck such a deep chord within my soul.

How will I decide to live this short, precious life? How do I stop hitting my snooze button, sleepwalking through the days, longing for the weekend? How can I take what I’ve been given and find something meaningful and true?

I’ve certainly learned that life does not go the way you planned. I have taken risks in order to change my life for the better. I have suffered setbacks, made giant messes,  but within those trying times I’ve found a greater appreciation for those constant sources of joy in my life.

I’m constantly evolving, and the changes are sometimes startling. After a lifetime of looking ahead, of telling myself- someday it will be my turn to follow my dreams, I believe the time is now. I am writing. I have no idea where my commitment to writing will lead, but I’m not going to worry about an end result. I’m enjoying the ride.

That’s the core message- love your unique, crazy life. Live fully, love completely, no regrets.

© annettealaine-2012 


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