One of my teachers mentioned this Woody Allen quote the other day, and it struck me as one of the more blatant falsehoods I’ve heard. 80% huh? that’s FAR to big a percentage, maybe 10% of life is showing up, I could believe that a little better. If the majority of effort that we put into life involves just showing up, how tough could life be rriiight?? That means only 20% of life involves effort, great!, that’s not so bad, even I could do that!
The sad thing is, I did do that. I went through the motions alot. In the midst of it all I wasnt’ realizing that if we don’t live life to the fullest and take advantage of every opportunity we are given- we are just skating by, and dancing through life without really making a mark or leaving any footprints. There are lessons to be learned from this behavior, some- inevitably learned the hard way. If we just coast through life- what have we gained?- nothing. What have we lost? – everything we could’ve had. I just went to class and warmed the seat. Some may think I’m being a bit tough, but I don’t think that way- I’m the type of person that’s not easily satisfied. Haha, maybe I’m just a fussy pain in the butt, there is always something lacking.
Somehow it feels like I’ve never given enough. No matter what it feels like there’s always a need to do more, and be more. In some cases I’m certain that I could’ve had greater success if I put more effort into it, but in other circumstances it takes all the running you can do to stay in the same place.
So I guess all I can say is that if all I do for the rest of my life is “show up”, I certainly won’t be doing enough, and I won’t be a very happy camper. So here’s the plan- to not only show up, but to live it well, and to the fullest.