Do you ever feel like you are closed? Is it your heart? Your mind? Your home? This topic has been on my mind lately. I see so many of us in this world who have closed themselves off from others, from nature, from life. We hide ourselves in front of our computers or TVs. We bundle ourselves up with clothes against the elements and our fellow humans. We ride to another place in a closed in car to insulate ourselves from the outside. And when we get to that place we immediately go in. We only watch news that agrees with our views and only listen to people who agree with us. We see only what we want to see and ignore the rest.

I guess it is also the time of year. Winter has begun to weigh on me and I am ready to feel the sun on my skin again. I am ready to jump headfirst into the pool of life and swim freely. So, how can we do this? How can we break out of our solidifying mold? How can we open our minds and our hearts to life?

We've got to be willing to take a risk. We've got to be willing to put it all out there no matter what may happen. We know that once in a while we may get hurt. It may be our feeling or it may be our bones. But the hurts will be minor and they will go away. The joy of life we will get will be a million times greater.

So get out there. Enjoy life. Don't sit in front of a screen and let it pass you by. Dance naked in the sun. Read a book. Listen to poetry. Paint something. JUMP !!! Invite some friends over. Life is too short to live it closed off. Open your world.

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Comment by Amy Wong on February 18, 2010 at 8:16pm
4. smiling at everyone I see ---> I want to do this too!
Comment by Mark Huckabee on February 17, 2010 at 3:19am
Thank you all very much. Here are my near term plans to open my world:

1. teaching myself to juggle
2. teaching my younger son to cook
3. having friends over this Friday for a Mardi Gras party
4. smiling at everyone I see
Comment by Inka Leoni on February 17, 2010 at 2:00am
Oh and don't be afraid. No really..fear turns any summer into a bleak winter.
Comment by Amy Wong on February 16, 2010 at 9:05pm
Loving your words. I'm going to share this post. *JUMP* :D
Comment by Eugene on February 16, 2010 at 3:54pm
Great post!
Comment by sAm on February 16, 2010 at 9:47am
It's so true, we are closed as a society. The other day this older lady came up to me and just started talking to me. At the time I thought it was so unusual, but in hindsight I found it really refreshing. Open our minds and our hearts and get to know people. It really does make life more fulfilling.
Comment by alice on February 16, 2010 at 9:17am
What encouraging words. Thanks for reminding me to really live my life.
Comment by Annie on February 16, 2010 at 8:29am
Great post Mark! I completely hear you...I'm ready jump in head first and open myself to new and exciting things. Thanks for the motivation! =)

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