Are You Surviving or Living?


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Every man dies – Not every man really lives~ William Ross

Each of us was given at birth, a birth certificate which indicates our name, birth parents, place of birth, birth date, etc.  This piece of paper signifies the day in which we were placed on this earth and indicates that we were born living in to this world.  And while this birth certificate signifies that each of us was born alive, it does not necessarily mean that we will all live.  The reality is that there is a difference between surviving and living and it is up to you to choose which route you will go.  Take a moment of authenticity to ask yourself…

Are you surviving or living?

All of us have basic functions which keep us alive.  We all have a heartbeat, we all breathe  involuntarily, and we all use our senses to assist us with understanding the world around us.  But just because we are surviving doesn’t mean we are living.  You see, to survive means that we are doing the very minimum to make it in this world.  For instance, our basic needs are being met because we are going to work, we have clothes on our backs, and food on our tables.  Fulfilling these needs sustains us and keeps us surviving.

But is that really living?

Living is much more than surviving.  Living means that we dare to take risk, love as if there is no tomorrow, and we are comfortable with vulnerability because it introduces opportunities for intimacy.  You see, living means that while we know that we are each mortal people, capable of death, we live as if there is no tomorrow , because tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Many of us are dreaming of starting our own businesses, writing a book, buying a house, getting married, having children… WHATEVER…  But these things take effort, more-so than many of us are willing to give because of fear of failure. Hence, we continue to survive by suppressing our desires and staying “safe.”  We fear living, because we do not know what the future will hold and are too afraid to step out and try…

Well, I’m here to tell you that you deserve more.  You only have one chance at this thing called life, so you may as well make the best of it.  It’s true that surviving will get you through life.  After all, you can’t possibly live if you can’t even survive.  However, living will cause you to exist within your purpose and whenever you live in purpose, you are destined for success.

Wishing you lots of fortune and prosperity as you not only survive, but learn to live…

Blessings on your Sacred Journey!!!




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  1. We sometimes do things and forget the reasons we are doing them, they become a chore – we do for the sake of doing, survive instead of live!

    Thanks for making me remember why I started some of the things I have! It’s a great post! :)

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