Live Like You Mean It


What we reach for may be different, but what makes us reach is the same.

I recently did an interview for the Story Shelter’s new podcast, Live Like You Mean It, where I was asked: “What does it mean to you to live a meaningful life?”

First, I realized I couldn’t remember a time when someone else has asked me that question – including myself.

Then, I thought of a passage by Mark Nepo in “The Book of Awakening” where he describes us as spokes on a wheel:

Imagine that each of us is a spoke in an Infinite Wheel, and, though each spoke is essential in keeping the Wheel whole, no two spokes are the same. The rim of that Wheel is our living sense of community, family, and relationship, but the common hub where all the spokes join is the one center where all souls meet. So, as I move out into the world, I live out my uniqueness, but when I dare to look into my core, I come upon the one common center where all lives begin. In that center, we are one and the same. In this way, we live out the paradox of being both unique and the same.

I loved this because it portrays the dual pull we can feel between oneness and uniqueness.

To me, I have felt profound meaning in life when both are expressed.

Connecting to our core inner truths while still sharing in a way that is unique for me.

You can listen to the interview here:

Live Like You Mean It