What is living fully?

CIMG0855It seems to me that our title question provides one more avenue with which  to explore our lives.  How we define “living fully” for ourselves, may help us  answer the related questions:  How do I want to live?  What really matters to me?  How can I…duh…do more of what I love?

A friend of mine was paying attention the other day when, on a return trip from Rhode Island to Vermont, she chose not to take her tried and true shortest drive time between two points–Interstate Highway 91.  On a whim, she chose to meander north on the secondary highways through central Massachusetts and view the scenery and give herself a treat.  Yes, it took longer.  And yes, she was refreshed. And yes, she noted in retrospect, “that was a couple of hours when I found myself ‘living fully’–and I never labeled it as such!”

Such hours and activities and serendipitous surprises have all kinds of ways of sneaking up on us.  It’s good to pay attention to the choices we make, and how alive they make us feel.   When we pay attention to what nourishes us, we’ll likely be able to choose to do more of it.

I’m coming to learn that the beginning of wisdom about life is putting the right name to things.

When is it that you find yourself “living fully?”