Defending Your Life

Do you ever wonder what happens when you die?  I was watching a movie called Defending Your Life the other night when I began thinking about just that!  It’s an Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep movie which came out in 1991.  Maybe the trailer below will ring a bell in you?

In the movie, after death, there’s a stay in Judgment City whereby you defend your actions on Earth in order to ascend to a higher plane of existence.  Daniel Miller (Albert Brooks) is on trial for being afraid.

And that’s the thought that jolted me out of my limited thinking.

Fear.  Being afraid.  Worrying about what others think.  Not taking chances when we could have – which might have led to growth.  Holding back.  Not taking opportunities which were given to us.  Tormenting ourselves over woulda, coulda, shoulda times when other choices, like the road less traveled, were presented.

We’ve all heard the adages in different ways:  We only have one life.  Life is short.  100% of the chances not taken, are missed.

I am sure you could add to that list exponentially, but those are just a few of the ones I’ve heard in my lifetime.  And yet, it’s not complacency that holds us back from living our lives to their fullest potential.  It’s fear.

So today, perhaps as you go about your day, look for those miraculous opportunities which present themselves quietly.  When given options, maybe you’ll decide to take a calculated chance to do something different.  Go after your dreams and press out of your self-limited comfort zones, a baby step at a time.  Live your life with enthusiasm and openness.  Free yourself from the confines of your fears.  Open the gate to living an authentically, beautiful life which is yours by Divine Right.

Be YOU, in all your splendid beauty.

Shine On!



15 thoughts on “Defending Your Life

  1. I was taught growing up to be afraid and to not take risks. As an adult, I have had to really stretch to overcome the programming. I may not always take physical risks (no bungy jumping here!) but i’ve Embraced new thinking and new practices, when though it meant taking risks.

  2. Yvonne,
    Great points made. A life lived in fear is not lived at all.
    Most see the world as a play-ground instead of a proving-ground. Those who see the latter know that judgment will take but a moment in a comparison of wills. There will be no occasion for pleading one’s case. That case was made while one was alive.

  3. But I will give fear this much, it truly allows us to really appreciate the good stuff even more ‘because’ we have experienced the hard stuff 😀
    Great post as always kind lady, may your fears show you that self love in all its beauty ❤

  4. What a beautiful message! This is in my top 5 of favorite movies. I love Meryl Streep, but this movie said so much about life. I can watch it over and over again, never feeling like it’s a repeat. Great post.

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