All or Not at All

26 Aug

Some things happen to us and some things we allow to happen. We gain some things and we lose some things. The inevitable is that nothing lasts forever and we will lose it all one day. When that time comes – and it will come- it will be our choice as to whether it will be taken from us or whether we will let it go.

There is something strangely powerful about a person with nothing to lose…if they realize they have everything to gain. They become bold, willing to take risks, willing to gamble it all (because their all is not amounting to much). And that’s what they do: they give everything.

Our lives are filled with temporal things that are not meant to last and at some time we have to let those things go. If not, we miss opportunities for growth and evolution – all because we are trying to hold on to the false sense of security provided by the familiar and the conventional. The choice to let go and give our all, in an attempt at creating something better, presents itself many times before we are forced to move on. But what if we didn’t have to be forced to move forward? What if we chose to let go?

Our most important choices in life are not the ones with the smallest risk. They are often the ones where the stakes are the highest. These choices do not have quantifiable outcomes. The results cannot be measured with logic or justified with reason. They are choices that demand that we give everything we got.

We have to use our instincts, that quiet inner knowing. That trust in ourselves that is sustained by the belief that if we leap from the highest cliff, we are going to grow wings and fly…and that if we don’t, then we are strong enough to survive the fall. If we are ever going to have a life that matters we are going to have to live life fearlessly. ‘Cause some things in life come all or not at all.

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