Live and live well. Breathe. Breathe in and breath deeply Be present. Do not be past. Do not be future. Be now. On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day, roll down the windows and feel the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of the sun. If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool, autumn day to freeze your lungs and do not be alarmed. Be alive. Get knee-deep in a novel and lose track of time. If you bike, pedal harder. And if you crash, then crash well. Feel the satisfaction of a job well done- a paper well-written, a project thouroughly completed, a play well-performed. If you must wipe the snot from the your 3-year old’s nose, don’t be disgusted if the Kleenex didn’t catch it all, because soon he’ll be wiping his own. If you’ve recently experience loss, then grieve. And grieve well. At the table with friends and family, laugh. If you’re eating and laughing at the same time, then you might as well laugh until you puke. And if you eat, then smell. The aromas are not impediments to your day. Steak on the grill, coffee beans freshly ground, cookies in the oven. And taste. Taste every ounce of flavor. Taste every ounce of friendship. Taste every ounce of life. Because it is most definitely a gift. 

Kyle Lake


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