My First And Last Day On The Planet

The World I Want To Live In

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The trouble is you think you have time. — Buddha

I recently published a piece entitled One Decision: A New Vocabulary in which I committed to changing what I spoke to others and what I say to myself. Both are incredibly important in my view and because of that and the growing relationships with other writers, coaches, and humans interested in contributing to a different outcome for themselves and the planet we are on, I wanted to take another imaginative step toward action.

I have heard people say “live like it's your first or last day on earth” and you will live fully. Well, I want that…to live fully! And, as a result, I began to ask myself, “self, what kind of world do you want to live in? What do you want to see that you do not see now? What is it, that if changed, would allow you to live and die in peace, knowing your life was everything you expected…and more?”

Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

So, that is where I am starting. I’m beginning with me. I am not asking you to do anything as I realize any change that happens in my own world must begin with me.

So here goes: If today were the first or last day on the planet for me, this is what I would work toward.

  1. Peace on Earth — otherwise known to me as Whirled Peas. Yes, I know I am a dreamer, but this is my dream so that is the world I want to live in for JUST ONE DAY. I know this one’s on me so I am doing the internal work required to understand what it would take to experience World Peace and without a doubt, it is initiated within. My new vocabulary says it is possible.
  2. A Spirit of Gratitude — There are so many reasons to develop a spirit of gratitude. The best one I know of is if you intend to manifest anything new in your life, being grateful for what you already have is the place to begin. Here are a couple of entries from me here on Medium and I encourage you to search for other great articles and poems among our medium brothers and sisters on the subject. https://medium.com/@bnoll12/gratitude-at-the-end-of-the-day-98e2744f8348 or https://medium.com/afwp/an-expression-of-gratitude-713f0d9a809f
  3. Unconditional Love — This is the most difficult and the most desired. This is not for me…directly. It is my dream to know what it is like to offer Unconditional Love. I believe I have received it, but in all transparency and vulnerability, I know I have never delivered it! And I want to know what that feels like.

This isn’t pie in the sky. This is a first day filled with wonder and gratitude and the last day filled knowing that I made my contribution to a community of life that deserves my best.

Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction. — Rumi

May you find the moment in which you realize you are the gift! — B. Stuart Noll

I would really enjoy hearing from you. When one soul embraces another they embrace the collective spirit of humanity. Bruce.Noll@yahoo.com

A believer in Lifelong Learning and Collaborative Wisdom, remembering Who I AM through essay, story, and poetry. Listening for narratives that nurture Life.

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