Shared Life

bloodcellsOne thing that’s good to remember is that if you don’t own something, you shouldn’t act like you do. And the truth of the matter is the only thing we truly own is our thoughts. Everything else in the world is borrowed. It can all be taken away in the blink of an eye. Children, homes, cars, loved ones, family.

The key is to appreciate family, be grateful for friends, and be glad for everything else we have. But to take ownership of any of it is not only insane, but self-centered and delusional.

Family may get on your nerves at times but blood is blood. When you get upset with another person it’s usually because you become frustrated that you can’t make them see things from your point of view. You expect those close to you to conform to your sense of thinking. It would take their absence from your life for you to realize that your selfishness was meaningless. That you would rather have them back as they were than not at all.

Our thoughts. That’s all we own. We share and give the rest in order to grow. We except people for who they are. And we never let selfish pride get between family.

Life is shared. It’s borrowed. At some point we have to give it back. So the key is to not pretend that it’s ours to begin with.

Even our hearts are not our own. They were created to love and feel. They were built for compassion and understanding. It’s when we attempt to own them and control them that they break and become vengeful.

An unshared life is a lonely life.


About paulsdahlman

Born in Southern California, raised on the road and now growing roots in New England. I am on the journey of my lifetime. May the footprints I leave behind form the words to my story.
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3 Responses to Shared Life

  1. Lovely and true. Thanks for the reminder…


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