“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
Last week, I almost lost Moxie, my Fierce Moxie.
Her nickname, so apropos, is Moxie May, short for Mayhem.
It was the day after my birthday.
A Freak Accident.
Fortunately, I was born on 7/07. Double 7’s. Lucky 7’s. Extra good luck. I would need it that day.
So would Moxie.
I was sitting on my front porch, working on my computer. Moxie was sound asleep at my feet, carefully tucked under a pink and white checkered tablecloth.
Suddenly, she bolted upright, howling in pain … the most horrific blood curdling sounds I’ve ever heard. She stumbled inside, flipped on her back in the fetal position, legs tucked into her body, her eyes rolled back, glazed over in shock and utterly traumatized. Then, she went completely limp.
I thought for sure, I was losing my Moxie. My beautiful, sweet, loving, mischievous, petulant puppy. I cannot explain to you how much I love her.
Thanks to a lucky stroke of Divine Intervention, she’s here today.
So, what happened? More importantly, what did it teach me?
It took some time to piece things together once Moxie was out of the woods.
Moxie had been electrocuted. A crazy, freak accident.
She had fallen asleep with the corner of her mouth on a surge protector. A little drip of saliva from her mouth caused a massive electric shock – one that, fortunately, tripped the circuit breaker which saved her life.
There’s been a lot of divinity in my life.
We have one wild and precious life. It can be taken from us in an instant.
It took me most of my life to understand that. Some days, I remember. Some days, I forget. Some days are here to remind me just how precious this life is.
Last week was one of those days.
I feel like the “Cat” with 9 lives – I’m pretty sure I may be way past 9.
Perhaps, Luck has something to do with it. Perhaps, divinity has even more.
A brush with Death that teaches us about living. Real, fully “in the moment” living.
The thought of loss can remind us of just how lovely and precious our moments are – life moments.
Today, I’m living. So is Moxie.
Thankful for more Moxie Moments ahead.
Today, I’m grateful for the richness of simple, everyday, precious moments.
One thing I know for sure is we have one wild and precious life – a life that isn’t in our control.
Accidents will happen.
Those we can’t control.
What can we control?
How we live. How fully present we are to life.
Being fully present results in more gifts, more presents – more “present moments” – each one a gift from the Divine.
So, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
For me, I’m living it with Moxie – full of Moxie.
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