It seems like some people manage to die long before they stop breathing.
Maybe you’ve seen these people:
- The mother or dad who shuts down as soon as the kids get through high school. Each evening is spent in a recliner watching the television drone on and on. Little or no conversation. Routine becomes a rut.
- The husband and wife who stop investing in their marriage.
- The minister who no longer reads, thinks, or dreams. This person seems to be on automatic. Any kind of passion or fire is long ago a thing of the past.
- The man or woman who refuses to try something new, go someplace different, or risk in any way. Any curiosity about life seems to have ended.
- The university student who has his mind made up and refuses to think or consider the possibility that another might be able to teach him something.
- The 40-year-old who talks about being "old." He or she speaks about life as if the best days have already happened.
Contrast this with people who manage to stay fresh and alive all of their lives.
Some of you who regularly read this blog know that I have posted about this before. This time, however, I want to ask you to consider responding to one of these questions:
What message do we send others when we simply exist? How does this impact our children and others around us?
What have you noticed in people who remain fully alive on this earth versus those who simply exist? What do you see in one that seems to be absent in the other?
What should a person do intentionally to remain fully alive?