“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
Today we’re again learning from the wisdom of Mother Teresa. I’m always blessed when I read her thoughts or learn from her wisdom. She managed to touch more lives in her life time than most of us will, yet she was always humble and thankful. These words however challenge me more than usual. Perhaps because I’m considering again my role in life, perhaps because I’m challenged to live like she did, perhaps because I’m tired of all the people around me refusing to fight for their lives.
Why do we choose to play a small game, not dream big or let things stay status quo? Is it our fears that hold us back? A lack of dreams? Other people telling us we can’t do it? What happened that we’ve stopped loving life and learning and growing into our potential? Why aren’t there more people like Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela? Or are there and we’ve just refused to see it, or refused to let them get on their soapbox and improve and enrich all our lives?
The real challenge Mother Teresa presented to each of us was not to find a slum and help someone. But for each of us to use our unique gifts and talents in the best way possible. It’s time for each of us to step up and take the torch from Mother Teresa and others who have made an impact in small and large ways. We each have an impact to make, and it’s time we did it.