“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible; to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as… seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.”
These are the profound words of Dawna Markova from “I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion” . I was introduced to Dawna’s work more than 20 years ago and her teachings re-entered my life via my friend Peggy Tileston who truly herself, lives by inhabiting her days accessibly.
Dawna is a Ph.D psychologist and teacher who is one of the creators of the Random Acts of Kindness Series that caused a revolution that lives on~
So, what does it mean to, as another friend Gina Foster so eloquently phrased it: “live significantly.”?
For me, it presents an opportunity to offer my heart and ear to those in need, to stand up for what I believe in, speaking my piece/peace. It means risking falling in the midst of soaring, dripping colorfully and vibrantly with life juices. Singing my soul song; sometimes solo, other times, part of the community choir, gathering with my tribe; ‘family of choice’ in celebration and sorrow. It is also about surrendering what no longer serves my higher purpose; in particular, worn out beliefs and outdated attitudes. It is about courageously stepping into a new reality each blessed day.