“The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.” ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Years ago, during one of the many times I went back to college, I discovered Rousseau in a Communications class. I loved this class, for I got the privilege to explore some of the great philosophers of our time. I had never heard of Rousseau prior to that, he was not as well known as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes…. However, the minute I started to read and explore his wisdom, I became engrossed. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Jacques_Rousseau, http://www.iep.utm.edu/rousseau/)
Rousseau was a major influencer during the Enlightenment period of eighteenth century Europe. He has been blamed for being pivotal in creating the undercurrent for the French Revolution. A man who questioned “advancements” and the loss of “community”. He also explored the truth of nature and humanities disconnect from it. Of course I could go on and on about him, however, we are here to look at the quote.
Read the above quote again. What does it make you think about and feel? For me, personally, it holds great truth, for when I sit to view and reflect upon my life, what is called to mind, heart and soul are the rich experiences, the touching memories. I embark on my every day as an opportunity to create more, to be open to the miraculous, to curiously be aware and present, for you never know what might gloriously unfold and become. Living this way, makes life quite the adventure. When I lie down at night to close my eyes, I smile at the sweet moments from the day, moments in which true connection were made. Laughter was shared. Complete presence in the gifted moment was indulged. In being present I am not stuck in my past or worrying about my future, I am here, now. As I drift off into the world of dreams, I breathe joyfully deep into the wonder of my waking time, for not a day goes by that I have not been touched by the infinite way life weaves it’s tapestry of grace.
As you go forth today, may you be open to the “Rich Experiences”! Become aware of your presence and what that co-creates when you engage in it…