A few hours before officially ringing in the New Year I heard a story on the radio about a man who died and came back to life.
His heart stopped.
Things looked bleak.
But a valiant doctor wouldn’t give up. She kept the CPR going long after others told her it was hopeless. And despite the odds, his heart sprung back to life.
His heart stopped again (and was revived again) in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Once there they opened him up and unblocked his arteries. Life surged on.
As he came to the end of his story what he most wanted his listeners to take away was this:
“Nothing’s worth worrying about.”
For as long as I can remember I’ve been captivated by such stories and I’ve finally figured out why: I trust them.
I trust them because there’s a universal theme present, a shared experience that’s almost always the same in these stories.
I trust them because the universal theme and the wisdom embodied within these stories makes more sense to me than the do more/have more/be more mantra that we’re all familiar with.
I trust them because when people have been to the edge and back their perspective on what truly matters changes and they carry a deep-in-their-bones connection to the life force.
They worry less.
They love more.
They seek more balance.
They find hope and joy in the small moments.
They unhook from hyped-up definitions of success and making it.
Those who’ve been to the edge and back have a lot to teach us about living deeply.
What if there actually was a School of Living Deeply, taught by those wise ones who’ve been to the edge and back? I’d sign up in a precious heartbeat. Of course, tuition wouldn’t be cheap, but I’d be willing to pony up what they’re asking for: trust, empathy, noticing, being present, curiosity, creativity, self-compassion, and sensitivity.
Wouldn’t that make for a transformational 2013? And while we’re on that subject…Happy New Year!
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