Dare. Life is to be lived, unabashedly and wholeheartedly. I would rather make mistakes of my own making, than not to undertake that which beats within my heart.
Dream. Life is to be created, to be dreamed, with the idealism of a beginner, and the critical eyes of a skeptic. Dreaming is not enough. I choose to fight, to die, for my dreams in order to make them a reality.
Heart. To live with heart is to be propelled by an inner force, a passion that is in itself true. I would rather bleed, than feel nothing.
Purpose. There is meaning, though it is not pre-given or determined. I both give meaning, and uncover meaning.
Spirit. I am connected to a force larger than myself. This force moves through me, though it is not separate from me. I am Spirit in manifestation, uncovering itself again and again.
Love. Romantic love is to be cherished, sexual play relished, and intimacy valued. Though, love is not enough to fulfill my being. That is why I give love its due, but do not allow myself to be a slave to love.
Interconnection. I am not an isolated being. This is a great fallacy. I am interconnected with all things.
Being true. Authentic relationship with others and myself is more important than being nice or worldly successful. Though, I enact my truth moment-to-moment with wisdom and discernment.
Change. Change is a necessary part of life, I embrace it, though I also seek the unchanging. I can see the principles that lie underneath the changing of the seasons.
Family. I appreciate and honour my family, though this bond of blood does not chain me. Above all I am true to my calling.
Death. I will die, this is certain. Let me treat death as inevitable. I do not seek to escape it, nor do I give death more weight than it is due.
By Mike Abravanel © 2014
Image: David Yu