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.