February 22, 2010

The Unlived Life



Do not fear death, fear the unlived life. --Natalie Babbitt

If you have not seen Darius Goes West, you are missing one of the most moving and uplifting stories of the year.  It's a must-see documentary about a young boy dying with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy who's taken across the United States by his friends while he still has mobility.  His story will inspire your socks off. (And you can see it free right now on their website.)

Why is it easy to forget to live life?  I don't have a fatal disease to stop me. Yet I pass by details every day without noticing the beauty of them.  I forget to run through fields barefoot or twirl a child in my arms.  I forget to live big.

What beauty will you notice today, big or small?

17 comments :

  1. what a wonderful thought for the day, for life really. I must see that documentary

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  2. I forget sometimes, too.

    Nice to see a post on a Monday that helps me to remember.

    Shelley

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  3. This is the perfect Monday post, Catherine. I think we are all guilty of forgetting to appreciate the little things. This is such an excellent reminder! :-)

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  4. I love this post! It's so inspiring and thanks for the link. I can't wait to check this out.

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  5. I love documentaries. I'll have to check this one out. I'm loving that the sun is shining here instead of it being overcast and foggy.

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  6. Such a great post to start the week with, thank you Catherine.

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  7. I haven't seen that, but it's true that sometimes it's easy to forget that life should be LIVED.

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  8. I regret when I miss an opportunity to thank someone for some extra effort, like coaches, especially volunteers.

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  9. Good thoughts. I think mine would be to listen, Really listen to my kids stories and take in their precious smiles and laughs.

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  10. That is incredibly inspiring.

    Could it be that those of us who have it easy end up taking things for granted?

    We need reminders -- like Darius, and your post -- to slow us down.

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  11. Thanks for all your comments. I ended up having the best day one-on-one with my eldest daughter. She was out of school while the others weren't.

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  12. You are making me think. I think I will look at my kids and realize how wonderful life can be despite all the craziness. Their smiles do it every time.

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  13. I have found beauty this week in facing pain from my childhood. The beautiful gift of friends who can "go there" and hear my pain, allowing me to grieve, encouraging me to continue on my journey. It is a rare treasure to find women who will be there to "carry" you across the valley when you have no strength of your own left. True friendship, true beauty.

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  14. I will definitely look up Darius' journey. Thanks for making me aware of him and for helping me to remember to count my blessings. I posted an award for you this morning.

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  15. Christine, little smiles melt hearts.
    JeMa, that is a beautiful gift for sure! I'm so glad you have them. *Hug*
    Roxy, he's hard to resist--so adorable and positive.
    Myrna, you're welcome. ")

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