CHOOSING TO “LIVE LIFE” OR “EXIST IN LIFE”

il_570xn-998544414_6go2If we didn’t already have enough decisions to make in life, here’s one more! Are the differences between these two lifestyles simply semantics or are they so different they are incongruous with each other?

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Living involves willful choosing. It requires an individual to prioritize life and pursue that which he or she values. It requires ACTIVE participation, acute awareness and a willingness to accept FAILURE and SUCCESS. It requires ongoing introspection to determine whether the course one follows is meeting the criteria (ex. ethical and moral) and needs (ex. passion and purpose) one seeks in life. It requires energy and effort to contend with all the obstacles one faces. It requires using the MIND to reach INDIVIDUAL conclusions based on personal beliefs that may differ from the majority of people’s thinking. It is the magic behind each and every heartbeat that is the essence of life itself.

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It is the effort required for short term goals that focus on symptoms and obstacles. It is a lifestyle often excluding purpose and direction. It typically focuses on emotions for decision making. It seeks ongoing gratification to provide energy necessary to make it through another day. It lacks emotional passion accepting apathy in its place. It seeks to avoid PAIN at all costs without understanding the accompanying sacrifice of PLEASURE. It is a lifestyle of repetitive physical, mental and emotional behaviors that often negatively impacts the quality of human life.

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Some will argue these explanations IMPOSE personal beliefs. These are NOT intended as BELIEFS, but rather OBSERVATIONS with recurring detrimental outcomes. Rather than object, argue or defend a particular position, why not determine where you stand at this moment in time and see where your trajectory is headed. If you are on course for achieving the lifestyle you desire, you have found the PERFECT PATH. If you are dissatisfied with your current path, it is unlikely that TIME (in and of itself) will create a better alternative option.

The physical and psychological manifestation of DISEASE is significantly influenced by these two options in life. Those who choose “LIVING” over “EXISTING” FUEL THE BODY AND MIND in ways that enhance quality and function. Those who ACCEPT “EXISTING” typically become the “statistical data” we see in the mortality and morbidity tables.

Our natural tendency to vent “feelings” (non aggressively) is a healthy release toxic emotions. It is not, however, a substitute for an ACTION PLAN designed to take a life of  “existence” and transform it into a life of “living.”

Determine for yourself whether “existing in life” or “living life” is the right CHOICE for you. Just don’t wait too long; TIME has a way of controlling and reducing available options!

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31 comments

  1. Well said.

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    1. Thank you Claire. Hope all is well on the other side of the”pond.”

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  2. Reblogged this on disue.

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    1. You know how much I appreciate you sharing these messages. ❤

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      1. It’s something important. It’s very confusing sorting out the studies for health out there. You seem to articulate and condense it very well. I also like your holistic views.

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        1. I’m glad you think it’s important. Creating REALISTIC approaches to health concerns is challenging. Science vs. human behavior and attitude can cause great conflict. I try to share approaches and SOLUTIONS that are achievable for the majority of people. They may not LIKE the suggestions, but most would agree they’re achievable.

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  3. Wow, these is the most intense and truth bomb- like post I have read in a while…really spoke to me a lot.. thanks for this

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. I try to write mostly about topics that influence people’s health and quality of life. I try to be courteous, but do not “pull punches.” I care about people, but realize pampering can justify poor behaviors and choices. I try to find the “buttons” that need pushing to incentivize people to act for THEMSELVES.

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      1. That is very true, mean while I am still in the rookie phase of blogging and I was hoping if you could follow me and check out the few posts I have and subsequent ones …your opinion would mean a lot. Thank you

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      2. That is very true and frankly it is the best and logical way to push people in this times..meanwhile I would like you to follow me here on word press, I am still a rookie blogger and I have posted a few things..your comments would mean a lot . Thank you

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        1. I generally begin following people after I have read a number of their postings and like their ideas. If I simply followed everyone so they would follow me, it would make my postings less meaningful. I hope you can appreciate this.

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          1. I understand and appreciate it, I hope my posts get to interest you then 😊

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  4. Very well said! I choose living and I will fight time for it! (If I could only find it!) lol Great inspirational post, Jonathan. 🙂

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    1. Time is like Nascar racing. Just when you think you’ve found it, you realize it has just lapped you again! 🙂

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      1. Perfect! I will remember that! 🙂

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  5. Good one, Dr. J., I choose living life and I’m going to continue doing that! The mind has to be in tune with the body in order to live life. Positive attitude, persistence, and determination to live right is the key! 💛 Christine

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    1. Well said Christine. I’m hoping lots of people write a similar comment so the world can see my message is more than just words; it’s reality experienced by countless numbers of people.

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  6. A very nice post 🙂

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. Very nice. It’s sort of like the old shirts from the Wham! video – Choose Life. And if it comes with a side of day-glo colors and dancing, all the better!

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  8. The Twentysomething Social Recluse · · Reply

    Very well said – I couldn’t agree more.

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    1. At your age, I’m not sure I would have even understood the topic. Your generation can sometimes be smarter than mine. 🙂

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  9. were just trying to keep it simple and full of love and happiness…..another good post…kat

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    1. Whatever method makes it “work” is the perfect choice! I happen to like “simple” too. 🙂

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  10. Very well put… there is a song which I love by Justin Bieber called Life is worth living… It goes along with your post and the importance of Living… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e934LuQlAeg It is a very beautiful song, indeed….

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    1. Thank you for sharing the song. The words are beautiful.
      How much effort does it take to offer guidance from past experience and past education? How much self sacrifice does it take to enlighten others. It really isn’t difficult; all it takes is CARING!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting on this article.

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  11. Reblogged this on GoodCompany and commented:
    I really enjoyed reading this article by; doctor jonathan. He was excellent with his words, and really helps you understand the difference between ‘living’ and ‘existing’
    Very well done. Thanks Doctor…

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    1. It is always my pleasure. Thank you for taking your time to read this article.

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  12. I very much so enjoyed your article. I reblogged this on my site, https://goodcompanyweb.wordpress.com/
    I hope you are ok with that. If you aren’t, please let me know, and I will take it down.
    Any way, thank you for this, it was really great, keep it up please, I would like to continue reading your stuff.
    Thanks again!!

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    1. I appreciate your willingness to share my message with your readers. You are welcomed to comment and share any post you feel would enlighten people as well as incentivize them to find a happier and healthier pathway in life.

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