Life – Def: the period between birth and death, or the experience or state of being alive.
Part of the definition for life is “the state of being alive.” What does it mean to be alive? I think it has a lot to do with engagement with the environment in which we find ourselves. When we’re fully alive, we’re fully engaged. What we’re involved with grabs hold of our attention. We may not like the form of engagement, but we know we can’t let go until we’re finished. I recall holding my dad’s hand and standing next to him during his last moments alive. I was experiencing being with someone I loved who was dying. My dad and I shared that experience. There are other times where the experience of being alive is filled with tears of joy. I had tears streaming down my cheeks as a daughter played her clarinet for her doctoral recital. I couldn’t tell where the music was coming from. Was it coming from her or her instrument? I was fully alive that moment. What moments have you had where you felt fully alive?