Are YOU Just Alive or Living?!

April 29, 2014

“There is a difference between just being alive and living!”

A couple weeks ago I was watching Good Morning America and Robin Roberts was interviewing Stuart Scott, a well known ESPN anchor.  He shared about his battles with cancer and the emotional interview brought tears to my eyes as Scott shared about his most recent fight to battle cancer.  He refuses to know his prognosis because he said it will just make him more scared and he would rather live without knowing how many days/years the doctors think he has.  He said in the interview that he uses mixed martial arts and high intensity cross training as his way of kicking cancers a$$.  He refuses to let the cancer prevent him from living and he literally fights each day to beat cancer.  What an inspiration that is for each of us, but what struck me even more was his perspective on life!

While sharing his inspiring story, Scott made the comment that there is a difference between just being alive and living!  It made me think to myself, “Do I spend each of my days just being alive or am I living each day to the fullest–helping make this world a better place, helping clients have a more healthy life, helping make every person’s day better, sharing with people that there is a real hope and peace beyond this world that only God can bring?”

I can honestly say that I have never felt more in line with where God wants me than I am right now at this point in my life and I feel like I am living every single day to the max!  I may not be fighting cancer but every single one of us is fighting something every day.  Do you choose to just be alive amidst the struggles or do you choose to live and thrive?

I have been blessed to be able to do what I love every single day–help lead people to a more active and healthy lifestyle!  It is a gift to be able to do what you love and not feel like you are working. Scott’s inspiring story reminds me of the quote “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” If we only have one shot in this life, why not make it the best you can and spend each day living to the max?!  If you’re struggling and battling each day to live, let Scott’s story be an inspiration to you.  Despite the tough stuff, you can still thrive each day.   It is a choice we each have–what will you choose?!

Robin Roberts had this to say after her interview with Scott:

“What people will take away after seeing this [is] no matter what your challenge is, no matter what it is you are going through, I guarantee you are going to rethink it,” Roberts said. “And if you get that dire diagnosis, I hope by seeing Stu in action, that it will take away some of the anxiety that you can’t live your life, that you can’t work out, that you can’t work. And seeing him thriving – not surviving, but thriving – I think people will take that and apply it to whatever it is that they are faced with.”

To see the Robin Roberts interview, visit:
http://gma.yahoo.com/video/espns-stuart-scott-trying-kick-125117031.html

To read the Stuart Scott story from The New York Times, visit:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/12/sports/espn-anchors-private-battle-with-cancer-becomes-a-public-one.html

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