Time. For many years I thought I would have enough time to do all the things I wanted to do. Hike the Continental Divide. Sail to the Galapagos. Explore pre-Mayan ruins.
For most of those years I literally avoided those things. I put myself in situations that made achieving them impossible.
Today, I want none of them. Sure, it would be great to take 6 months to hike the CDT, but it’s no longer at the top of my list. Something far more important and meaningful is; Love.
At the same time that I was avoiding those physical accomplishments I was also largely avoiding the spiritual as well and there is nothing more spiritual than Love.
For the last several years I have focused entirely on those spiritual needs. Learning who I was, who I am, and who I am meant to be. Learning how to love and be loved. How to embrace compassion. To forgive. To be grateful. All of these are forms of Love.
I’m not saying none of those things existed before, they do in all of us to some extent, only that I learned how to do them right. With purpose. Intention. It’s one thing to love, it’s an entirely different thing to Love with intention.
Loving intentionally means to love beyond the constraints of emotion. It is a deep, spiritual love that affects everything I do from the moment I wake to the last second of my waking day. It is something I share with everyone I encounter. Everyone.
It is a good way to live. Love is it’s own reward.
I won’t regret that it’s taken so long for me to discover these things because I have discovered and learned them Many people do not.
I do, however, wish I had taken the time to learn them sooner because they have made my life better. Made other people’s lives better.
If there is one lesson above all others that I would share it is this: You do not have enough time. Not for everything.
Nor is it ever too late.
Choose well the things you want in life and from life and to give to life.
And put Love on the top of the list.