Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Breathe - You're Not Alone

You breathe alone, and you breathe with every other living entity on and above the planet.  Who is breathing in unison with you now?  You can be certain that the pairs of lungs exactly synchronised with yours are in the millions, and more, and they're everywhere around the world, human and animal, fish and bird.  Let's take a breath and think about that for an inhalation or two.

Our breath is our guarantee of life.  So what are we going to do with it, our invisible animator, during the tiny frame of time that we inhabit these spacesuits we call bodies?  Tennyson reminds us in his poem Ulysses that with the gift of breath, and life, comes the necessity to live that life, and give those lungs something to boast about.

When Ulysses speaks of his life as a roving warrior, the famous I shall drink life to the lees speech, he concludes with these lines:
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravell'd world, whose margin fades
 For ever and for ever when I move
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use!
As tho' to breathe were life.
Do something with that breath of yours - make it count.  Go walking.  Speak kindly to your loved ones, and even more kindly to those who aren't so much on the loved ones list.  You'll feel better, and dare I add, you'll breathe easier.

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