The Word of the Week….ALIVE

The WORD of the WEEK is…..


Alive, in its simplest form, means living, not dead.

If you are reading these words, you are most definitely living!  But are you ALIVE?

The way I see it, there is a distinction between living and really being alive.


Are you surviving?  Or are you alive and thriving?

Are you living life by simply going through the motions?  Or are you alive, present to the moments in your day, that combine together to make up your life?

Does your life seem mundane, repetitive, ordinary?  Or are you alive, designing a life that excites and fulfills you?

Are you living your life on a moving sidewalk, standing motionless, watching the world pass you by?  The moving sidewalk may be a stable and predictable journey, allowing you to travel at a steady pace towards a predetermined destination.  But it’s a passive existence.

Living a life where you are ALIVE means living with intention.  It requires you to be mentally aware and engaged  in your life.  You must choose to be an active participant and not an idle bystander.  It means being “all in”, taking ownership of the life you choose to live.

Here are 5 simple tips to help you be ALIVE in your life, and not simply survive your life.

Be ALIVE….It’s a choice!






with Joy & Gratitude,

Awesome Action Wednesday – BE OUTSIDE!


Of course we go outside, every day, multiple times a day.  We go outside to retrieve the newspaper from the driveway.  We go outside to walk the dog.  We go outside to the bus stop.  We go outside to our car to get to work, the gym, and the grocery store.  We go outside, repeatedly throughout the day, seemingly oblivious to all that being outside has to offer us.

So why then would I propose going outside as an awesome action?


Because I don’t want you to simply GO outside….I want you to BE outside!  There’s a huge difference.  To go means movement, that one is traveling, as though there is a destination.  Whereas, to be is defined as to exist or live.



Your awesome action assignment is to be deliberate about BEING outside.  Not simply go outside as in a place to arrive, but BE outside, living and existing in the space of the outdoors.  Stop the hustle and bustle of life, the constant coming and going, and spend some quality time outside.


The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.  Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.  – Anne Frank


You could do the obvious.  Take a walk, go for a bike ride, plant some flowers, run with your dog, play some tennis or a round of golf.  Or do the less obvious, and live your indoor life outside.  Read a book, reply to emails, talk on the phone, eat a meal, or meditate.


Whether you are active or not doesn’t matter as much as getting out of your cage and connecting with the world outside of your daily confinement.

Young woman playing guitar

Be deliberate about BEING outside.  Wherever you happen to be, and whatever you choose to do, pause and notice the impact you experience simply by being outside.


Do you take deeper breaths?

Are you aware of how the elements feel on your skin?

What does being outside taste like?

Is it noisier or quieter than being inside?

How do you feel – being outside?

Do you see colors with more clarity and vibrancy?

What words would you use to describe the outdoors?

Are the odors distinguishable?

How does being outside differ for you, compared to being inside?


When I’m outside…  I’m vibrant, alive, and energized.  I see, think, and experience life with more clarity.  I’m joyful.  I feel free, unconstrained, with limitless possibilities.  Being outside is a spiritual experience that inspires me to feel a level a gratitude that is overwhelming.

What’s your response to “When I’m outside….”

with Joy & Gratitude,