“Living Life” by Bonnie L. Mohr

I was doing some shopping today and came across a picture with a saying that I just had to buy. It seemed like the words were speaking directly to me, although I was not the only one in the store, nor was I alone in that aisle. I think I even looked around to see if anyone else saw it on the shelf. There were several rows of these frames and I had to take it home. It is already hung in a place where it welcomes our friends and family and it will catch their eye and they will read it. I hope you find these words as powerful as I did and encourage you to live your life.

Life is not a race – but indeed a journey. Be Honest. Work hard. Be choosy. Say “thank you”, “I love you”, and “great job” to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper. Love your life and what you’ve been given, it is not accidental – search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you aspire to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive, it frees the soul. Take time for yourself – plan for longevity. Recognize the special people you’ve been blessed to know. Live for today, enjoy the moment.”

Wow. So many words that seem so relevant to me alone, yet I am sure that cannot be true. Hopefully, this resonates with some of you as well, regardless of what is going on in your life. As I have mentioned before, I believe that there are reasons for everything, and therefore everything has a reason. Even if we don’t see the reason. There is a great plan in motion and I have learned that the more I think I am controlling it, the less I really participate in it. I was detached from living for such a long time and had let my lack of “feeling” be a way to keep me safe. There is a difference between unfeeling and uncaring – I care about a lot of things, but I really never let my heart speak for me. I always let “the logical choice” rule and never saw anything wrong with that option. Until I took more chances, even when I was fearful beyond belief, and really started living. I am extremely grateful for this new opportunity and will not toss it aside, as I have done for so long. My Life Statement is a reminder of everything I have longed for and been afraid to seek. I am living my life – as I only get one chance to live it. Live yours!

Michelle Homme 2011 ©


  1. Anonymous

    Posted on December 4, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I am a 33 year old man who pretty much gave up on life itself. I struggled with alcohol and addiction for years and attempted to commit suicide.I lost everything. I have since gotten help and I am in the early stages of recovery. My mother and I were in a store as well and I was stopped in my tracks. I as well was living in life but not living life itself.This poem has had a major impact on my way of thinking about life, love , family and friends. Enjoy every moment you have life goes fast and regrets are days lost.I believe God works in mysterious ways and this was one of them. I hope this helps others as well as it helped me. God Bless

  2. Michelle Homme Says :

    Posted on December 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Dear Anonymous…I am very glad that you are on your way back up after perhaps being at your lowest point. Sometimes we cannot explain why things come to us, knowing that we would not wish to have them, but I believe that we grow stronger and learn something (if we pay attention) as well. We only learn about regrets in hindsight, never before. May your recovery come to you as best as you are able to handle and you are never alone. We all have "stuff" – sometimes it just looks a little different. Enjoy this season and God bless you too. Take care.