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The Gift Is the Path
“The miracle of love comes to you in
the presence of the uninterpreted moment. If you are mentally somewhere
else, you miss real life.” —Byron Katie
“You have one year to live”.
For a good part of my life I have wondered, with a fair degree of anxiety,
if someone, someday would utter these terrifying words to me. In my gloomy
nightmare it’s been discovered that I have an incurable disease, and my
life will soon be over.
Instant grief, fear of pain and suffering, incredible sadness all come
rushing into my imagination as I create a scenario in my heart about my
own death. Who will love my children the way I do? Will my husband find
love again? How many dreams will I never see come true? What happens to me
when I die?
When I blend these painful thoughts with our societal values to accomplish
and succeed at life at any cost, it’s no wonder I experience stress and
fear. I feel the cultural treadmill constantly pushing me forward toward
something. How can I die without achieving the right career, the perfect
relationship, money, and a mission in life that will define my purpose for
I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t “do” things, have goals and
live our dreams to the fullest. What I am wondering about is the other
half of the formula; what we in the western world collectively condemn as
frivolous and not productive. Being.
To me being-ness is about embracing the present, seeing others and myself
in the context of who I am, not what I do. Holding the values of
compassion and inclusion. Seeing as much value in dancing, painting or
dangling my bare feet in a stream as I do in building a successful
coaching practice. In essence, becoming attentive to the vibrancy and
texture of every experience in which I find myself.
When I spend energy resisting the inevitable natural outcome of life I rob
myself of living. I’m the one proclaiming the end. Every time I leave
the present moment and project myself into some glorious or uncertain
future or relive my past with regret, I miss the possibility of truly
being in my life right here, right now.
When I awoke from my nightmare, I realized why I named my coaching
practice “Path of Purpose” and what a path of purpose truly is. It’s
the path itself. It’s the process of life unfolding perfectly in every
Said another way, it’s not where the path leads that’s so important.
Instead, it’s the path itself that brings us the most joy and
As I continue to clarify the balance of my being and doing, my thoughts
and feelings about life take on a whole new quality. My appreciation for
life is expanding, and I’m learning to live with greater awareness,
gratitude and fullness.
If I were suddenly faced with a life threatening illness, certainly I
would be afraid and would not want to depart this life prematurely. That
being said, having emerged from my gloomy nightmare, I've awakened to the
inherent gift of life along the path of purpose. The gift is the path
As long as I remain on the path, I know I'll arrive at the end of my life
without wondering if I have truly lived.
It’s your life…imagine the possibilities!