ONE LIFE TO LIVE

“Everyone has a contribution to make.”

One Life to Live
cover images from the One Life to Live collection at unsplash

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adapted score and 2013 Song of the Year nominee
Rise of the Dynasty Overture
by Canadian Composer Renan Javier

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE
by Kendall F. Person

One  Until we stop, we have no idea how tall we will grow. Until we quit, the sky remains the limit on high we can soar. Until we wake up, how do we know that the world has not stopped. And until we die, we will never know how long we will live.  Chance may be a bettor’s sport, one we wish not to play, but even though we live separate lives, we are all in the same game.

A drunken driver may tempt chance, that they are feeling fine, while we are travelling on the road, excited to get back home. Obeying every traffic rule, clean and sober still, hands on nine and three, safety belt secure. One mile till the off ramp and only four blocks from there, but our game collides with the drunken driver and in an instant, ghosts appear. There are  aspects we cannot control.

But we can control our internal vision, the self inside with goals and ambitions, the person who believes in goodness and in salvation, the one who comprehends that all men are created equal, the thinking being that understands, freewill accounts for our differences and  respect allows for our understanding. And if we smile  in the mirror, the smiling face we see, delivers visual confirmation, that our prayers have been answered, delivering the strength the day will need.

We embrace motivational speeches and enjoy the sound of care free quotes and movies with happy endings, but most days come equipped with an agenda: children to raise and bills to pay and obligations that must be met, forcing our external reality to be at odds with our inner self. A tug of war is not an option. We feel the peace of our internal vision, slip back into its slumber, and we cannot chase it to where it is going, because we are already late for work. Peace turns into disillusion, which morphs into blame, then finds comfort in anger. We falsely believe we have been abandoned, so the external forces begin to bombard us, and we give way to our differences, spending  precious moments filled with rage and standing in judgement of one another, and all the while, the clock never stops ticking and chipping away at our one life to live.

The day ends and we have made no progress on our dreams nor have we given our internal vision a larger role.  But until the world stops spinning or the sun falls out of the sky or our Higher Power declares His vengeance or chance zeroes in on us, the morning arrives and our inner vision will awaken, another chance to follow and become the person we are inside. Not perfect nor a blissful euphoric, but one that fills external obligations, while not succumbing, but the one that believes world peace is possible, and we are never to old to chase dreams and make new friends. We have the wisdom to understand  who we are – a small but intricate piece of humanity – and each place we find ourselves, in the pews of our churches or in houses of strangers, we try to make a contribution toward peace. In every precious free moment of this one life we have to live, listen to our  internal vision, the one that sees the beauty in everything. One

– this is…. The Neighborhood

Recommended: The Review: One Life to Live by C.J. Leger

Unsplash One Life to Live collection and links to artists
shadow in trancoso by Jussaro Romao, Rio De Janeiro
cagliari 2017 by Nicola Fioravante, Universe
catching the sun by Sam Headland, Oxfordshire England
moody by Denise Johnson, Riverton Utah
valle del cocora silhouette by Deivid Saenz, Madrid Spain
sunset by Steve Halama, Billings Montana
reading with magnifying glass by Jao Silas, Cianorte Brazil



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  1. […] We have the wisdom to understand  who we are – a small but intricate piece of humanity – and each place we find ourselves, in the pews of our churches or in houses of strangers, we try to make a contribution toward peace. In every precious free moment of this one life we have to live, listen to our  internal vision, the one that sees the beauty in everything. – Kendall F. Person, One Life to Live […]

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  2. […] We should not be in search of perfect nor a blissful euphoric, but in an individual-self that fills external obligations, while not succumbing to our burdens  We should not be afraid to believe that world peace is possible, and we are never to old to chase dreams and make new friends. We have the wisdom to understand  who we are  – a small but intricate piece of humanity – and each place we find ourselves, in the pews of our churches or in houses of strangers, we should try to make a contribution toward peace. In every precious free moment of this one life we have to live,  listen to our internal vision, the one that sees the beauty in everything. – Kendall F. Person, from One Life to Live […]

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  3. “In every precious free moment of this one life we have to live, listen to our internal vision, the one that sees the beauty in everything.”

    It’s so easy to forget this, it seems, when we’re faced with the everyday rituals of bills and obligations, as you have said. But you’ve found the essential reason we should listen to the internal vision in our head because it’s through our dreams we may see the beauty of what is possible and with a fair amount of luck and a ridiculous amount of work possibly bring that vision into reality and make the world a better place. I would say writers like yourself are a prop for people to be reminded of how to model their lives, which is why reading is important. Anyway, I’m rambling, thanks for the post. It’s made me sentimental again, briefly.

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  4. Beautifully written. I couldn’t agree more. I often imagine coming to the end of my life and looking back over what I’ve done and I want those remembrances to be ones of embracing and promoting peace.
    Keep up the good fight! We need voices like yours.

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  5. This was a good piece. It sorta reminds me of the story in the bible of Jesus visiting Mary and Martha. Mary is focused on spirituality and Martha is caring for the guests hurried and worn from the stress. Both aspects are needed and yet Jesus indicates Mary chose the better role.

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  6. Talk about motivation speeches.

    We have our idealistic thoughts and world views and then there is the reality of the world. Living in your innerself with too much idealism will get you nowhere, but that idealism should remain since a healthy balance between idealism and realism can be a way to achieve great things in the world and maybe one day world peace, difficult though, but why give up on that dream.

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    • I am finding words difficult to come by after reading your review of One Life to Live. It felt like a magical experience, that you were not talking about me. But you were and then I felt humbled, unlike I have ever felt before. I have only understood for a short time, how to best use my gift of words. And your review led me to a journey of discovery that I did not know I still had left. You are and will always be appreciated, C.J. Leger.

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  7. Reblogged this on This Twisted Fantasy Life and commented:
    I just read this piece and I must say that I was truly moved. I had posted earlier about chasing my dreams and this post was practically a sign telling me to, “Go forth and achieve my dreams”. I have only started blogging last week and am already finding it to be an empowering resource in my life. These words following along to the pieces of my emotions, thoughts, and goals. Can’t wait to read more. Enjoy loves!

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    • It is always so endearing, when a visitor wanders into The Neighborhood and makes themselves at home. Thank you for adding your voice and personal story to this forum, you have discovered that this is a safe place. Welcome to The Neighborhood and I wish you all the best as you find your way within your blog.

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  8. This is so inspiring. I’m honored to have my blog followed by you. I have been making major life changes and enjoy the aspect of motivational signs that the inexplicable universe has to offer. I wish you the best of luck and hope to work with you one day in the future. Peace.

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    • Hello Catherine. Always good to see you. I am of the soap opera generation, I was in high school/college when General Hospital swept the nation. While their lives were overtopped and steeped in drama, the allure may have been that no matter what happened, they survived and came back from whatever the scriptwriters threw at them. And because soap operas were a 5-day a week show, and characters could last for decades, there was a bond, a reason to root, because in some cases, they were just like us. Thank you for adding your voice. You are appreciated.

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  9. Man, you are a talented writer, Kendall. This hit me on a very, spiritual level. There was a span of 6 months I spent reading the Bible religiously. I would just open it up and read a few passages, spending the day contemplating what they meant. I’ll tell you, those were the most peaceful 6 months of my life to date.

    when you talk about recognizing the beauty in everything, it’s true. No matter what or who I saw, I could see just a hint of beauty, and people noticed the difference in me. It was great, I felt great. That tells me I need to do that again. 🙂

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    • Lisa – I often say that I am humbled by the platform I have been given and when I write, I understand that the neighbors, visitors and guest do listen, so I try to use my gift of words, not simply to entertainer {although I consider myself a performer} but within this all-inclusive forum, even if there is a disagreement, each knows my intent is to provoke-thought, start a discussion, and spread the word of peace. Thank you for adding your personal story and for understanding that The Neighborhood belongs to you. While I may introduce a topic, the wisdom, knowledge, sharing and caring often takes place down here. Thank you and please have a beautiful weekend.

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