I have found that I have spent too much time waiting for what may or may not come--what may or may not materialize. Life, I am learning, is meant to be met with gratitude, wonder, joy and a bit of abandon. Yet we spend our lives cautiously waiting for the sun to shine. We spurn the rain. We seek gentle breezes and reject heavy winds. We don't live, we survive. We are barely breathing. To again quote Thurman, we must move "beyond the dimension that saves the individual life from being swallowed by the tyranny of present needs, present hungers, and present threats." Life fully and deeply experienced is "to live the quality of the beyond."
Saint Irenaeus, the fourth century bishop of Lyons, declared that the glory of God was man fully alive. I want to show His glory. I want to be fully alive, until my last breath here and my next one in His presence.