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The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprises him most about "humanity", answered "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present nor the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies never having really lived."

It took a close call for me to wake up and realize that my priorities and goals needed to change. I was a work-a-holic who focused on achieving my professional goals and to provide a comfortable life for my children and I. I was successful and ambitious.

One day, I got very ill. So ill that I had to be hospitalized. When I was in the hospital, I was told that I had a serious condition that could result in death. I was told to "get my affairs in order".

It was at that point when I looked back and began to reflect on my life. I had many great accomplishments most importantly, two empowered children who were very much loved. I had contributed very positively to many things and left a positive impact, but what I realized is that I hadn't taken the time out to enjoy the simple things in life. I asked myself "Have I really lived?".

It was that day that I resolved to begin to "live" if I survived. Today, I spend my time appreciating everything in my life. I can look at the simplest things around me and enjoy their beauty. The wind caressing my face gives me pleasure. I ensure that I connect with nature. I no longer live to please people. My priorities and goals have changed, the people in my life who I love are my priority. For me, I would not want to live any other way.

I still help others and try to make the world a better place in my own small way. That is one of my goals and it is how I live my life. I strive to achieve balance in my life (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually). I practice the teachings, principles and values that I have learned over the years to keep me on my path.

I believe my life is my message to the world (as Gandhi said) and I try my best to be humble. Sometimes, I feel the biggest barrier to understanding and communicating is one's ego.

I will leave you with some food for thought with the Invitation. So I ask you, do you take the time to really "live"?

The Invitation
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!"

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

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