When do you find yourself alive – truly alive as in bursting with enthusiasm, joy, vitality? Is it when you have donned on the costume of the successful Vice President? Or the up and coming Manager? Or the good corporate employee? Is it when you are playing the perfect wife/husband? Are you bursting with joy when you look at all that you own: the house, the car/s, the clothes, the children, your partner…? Is it when you are sitting on the right committees?
When do you find yourself alive – truly alive? Is it when you are cooking, composing a musical score, climbing a mountain, dancing, give a helping hand to those less fortunate than you, learning-speaking a new language, sharing-teaching that which you are passionate about, nursing plants out in the garden, out walking, painting, writing…?
I invite you to listen to listen, really listen, to the following words of profound wisdom. They do not make for easy listening. Which is why they are particularly worth listening to with an inquisitive-open mind:
The less you are and the less you express of your life – the more you have and the greater is your alienated life.
– Karl Marx
Don’t simply accept this! Take a zen approach: look into it and test it out for yourself. How much of you – your authenticity, your self-expression – do you sacrifice-suppress to play the roles that you play in order to have that you have? Do you even remember the last time that you experienced joy? I invite you to consider that you have been asked and have consented to sacrifice you – be less you – in order to be accepted and approved of by your parents, your siblings, your friends, your school teachers, your work colleagues, your employers…
Your life, your choice: being (as your natural self-expression) or having (titles, status, money, holidays..).