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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Living outside of the 9 to 5


I was a part of the corporate world.
I ran meetings.
Fought battles.
Organized important events.
Was sought out by important people.
I made things happen.

I lived in the 9 to 5.

And in that season, that is who I was.

I was important.
I was strong.
I was depended on.
I was resilient & intelligent.
I fixed problems & solved corporate issues.

My living was in the 9 to 5.

And then…..

Life changed.

Marriage.
Cancer.
Death.
Healing.
Marriage.
A daughter.
Destruction.
Rebuilding.
Twins
Chaos.
Awakening.
Transforming.
Simple Abundance.
Reward.
Life.

It was then that the realization occurred.

The life that was in the 9 to 5 was not LIFE at all.

The living…….is in the moment.
It’s in the trials & the triumphs.
It’s in the celebration & even the tears.
It resides in the crevices of meer seconds, sometimes.
A last touch.  A last kiss.  A final goodbye.
The moment you hold your first child for the very first time.
Feeling true life.  Heartbeat.  Breath.  Fear. Awakening.

It’s not in the ‘we used our life savings for this vacation’ moments.
It’s in the sand between your toes moments.
The picking seashells by the seashore moments.

It’s in the laugh until your stomach hurts moments.
The heart-stopping sunset moments.
The ‘I am so thankful I have her as a friend’ moments.

It’s in the residual.
The effect of what is left from the equation of:
           Blessed Life-Tremendous Loss-Unspeakable pain+Mending+Praise+Beautiful                                                                                     

In lies the living.
The heart-tugging, joyful tear making moments that allow for life to be truly FELT.
For the heart to give way.
For the living to be had.

Don’t just live in the 9 to 5.
We need work to put food on the table.
To pay our bills.  Feed our family.

But let the true living……
The laugh until you pee your pants living…..
The over-the-moon moments….
Those times that take your breath away….
Let THOSE be the things that make you LIVE the life that we are all meant to live!!


1 comment:

  1. Wow. I agree. Great words. But I could go for less pants peeing after 3 kids!!!!

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