Live Life to the Fullest

Every now and then I have a week where I am reminded again and again to live life to the fullest.

Tuesday morning I came into work like normal, except my bosses door was closed and she wasn’t there to greet us with her usual big smile.  Then a few minutes later our Executive Director left her office.  Ok, something is not right.  A few minutes later she came out of her office with tears in her eyes and asked us to come into her office.  One of our runner’s had passed away on Monday from a heart attack.  He was at work, on a conference call when it struck.  He’d been a long time participant of Team In Training (TNT).  He’d qualified for the Boston Marathon year and year and was always one of the top fundraisers for LLS.  I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to run last year with him and knew him from our weekly long runs with TNT.  The staff had just spoke with him last week to let him know he’d be on the team this year.  He was young, in his 50’s and by all accounts healthy.  I mean he was a continual Boston Marathon qualifier. He was so full of life, smiles and laughter.  It’s heart breaking to learn about this loss to the running community and to LLS.  My thoughts and prayers have been with his family and friends.

Later in the day, I got news from another runner friend to tell me she was pregnant.  I was through the roof excited for her and her husband!  It was such great news on what had been such a sad day.

As the day wore on I couldn’t help but think how strange it was, to lose one life and to be celebrating the life of another.  As Michael said, it’s the circle of life, which is most certainly is.  Every time I hear about the loss of a runner who is taken from this world all too early it scares me.  I was sharing my thoughts with Michael and he said it so simply,

You have to live life to the fullest.

It is so true.  Yoga has taught me so much about this.  Each day should be lived with intention, kindness and love.  Intention, to take actions each day to be the person you want to be and accomplish your goals and dreams.  To live with kindness, to ourselves and others.  Too often we are hard on ourselves, critical and judgmental which can affect our outlook on life.  Show yourself and others compassion.  Take the moment to hold the door for the elderly, smile at the clerk at the store who looks sad, and wish those you speak to a good day.  You just never know how that may improve someone’s day.  Live with love, tell those around you that you love them each and everyday, love yourself for every perfection and imperfection and love life because you only have one. Sometimes, life just has a way of stopping us in our tracks and reminding us to do what we love and love those around us.  Live life to the fullest.

Look well to this day
For it is life
The very best of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and truths of existence,
The joy of growth, the splendour of action,
The glory of power.
For yesterday is but a memory.
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
Makes every yesterday a memory of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.

Ancient Sanscrit Poem

How has life reminded you to live life to the fullest? 

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8 thoughts on “Live Life to the Fullest

  1. Karen M says:

    Sounds like a bittersweet day for you…as a fellow Team in Training participant, I’m saddened to hear about the loss of what sounds like an awesome person. I love your blog, love yoga and I especially love the sanskirt poem.

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  2. Christine says:

    Oh Whitney. I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend. It’s not fair, especially when it’s so unexpected and when he was young and seemingly healthy. But you and Michael are right – it’s a huge reminder to live life to the fullest, to life for ourselves. Thank you for sharing this story. Sending my thoughts and prayers.

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  3. jobo says:

    I love this post and the premise behind it. So very sad about the runner that passed away. wow. But then life in another? paying it forward. Completely. XO!

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  4. Mary McManus says:

    Oh Whitney – I have goosebumps and tears. This weekend Matthew talked about the twins of life and death which he experienced most profoundly when one of his twins died in utero. I love you and am so blessed to be sharing teacher training with you. You have a beautiful heart and soul. Thank you for this reminder to not waste a precious moment of our lives. Holding you and all who have been touched by your friend’s loss close to my heart.

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