The Gift of One Breath

The most precious gift of life is one single breath. It’s something that’s taken for granted and that’s our misgiving. But a grateful heart knows, without the gift of breath life would not be.

The one thing that is taken for granted the most in life is the gift of one single breath. Without it, obviously there is no life. It’s taken without any thought of it happening. It’s a given that it will happen and for the most part it does, regardless if there’s any awareness of it or not. But it’s something that shouldn’t be taken for granted because it will not last forever. It’s not a given to occur and one day there will be the last one taken. Don’t wait until that time to realize you are not ready for the last one. If you understand each breath taken is a gift, when the time comes for the last one, you will be grateful for all the ones that came before, not the ones that you will no longer be given.

Up to this point in your life you have had many, but what did you do with them? Did you take them for granted, and if you did who is at fault for that? God, I think not. Life is in the hands of each individual to the extent of how it is lived. Not it longevity, but in the way that you are aware of the gift that you have been given. It all begins with one breath and it ends with one breath and each one in between is a gift. Even if life is not as long one may want, the fact that there was one is a gift.

You do not have to look at it in this way, but if you don’t than in what way will you look at it? You don’t earn your breath. You do nothing for it to happen. Whether you act from love or are selfish, the breath is still a gift, but alas when the last one is taken, will you have truly lived and will you be happy to have been given your gift or will you be wishing that you had one more breath to do the things you didn’t do. Live your life now, it’s not about where you go or what you do, but more so it’s being aware of the gift of one single breath and understanding when it’s time for the last one to be taken, you are grateful for all the ones that came before.

Michael Cupo
I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, one of six children. I have been married for 25 years. I own a home, and I have two children. I have been at the same job for 28 years. I am the happiest I have ever been and it is all because of the Love that has always been in my life. I attribute all that has happened to me to that Love. None of what has transpired in the last five years of my life has anything to do with any accomplishments on my part. There was always a lot of love in our home as I grew up, but for reasons unknown to me at the time I was always in trouble. I was at the top of my brother-in-law’s “Who My Sister Shouldn’t Marry” list. I drank alcoholically, gambled, abused drugs and painkillers. I bounced from relationship to relationship. Even after I stopped abusing alcohol and drugs in 1987, my so-called outer troubles stopped, but my self-centered behavior never changed. All I did was substitute one compulsion for another. Although my addiction became more respectable—taking the form of material possessions—I was still trapped, migrating restlessly from one obsession to another. I went to Twelve Step meetings, derived some benefit from them, and then fell away. My loved ones got me into de-tox and rehab programs. But once I was released, the cycle of insatiable craving started all over again. This cycle seemed to work for me . . . until it didn’t. And then my life changed — not instantly or magically, but profoundly. I share this change in It’s Monday Only in Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts. I discovered that I wasn’t dependent upon a substance or activity, but ruled by my ego. My need to reach outside myself for fulfillment was created by a false perception of deficiency. If this sense of lack didn’t exist in me, there wouldn’t have been a need to reach and grasp. My credentials for writing this book are simply that I live this change each day. My view of life is so different from the way it used to be. Through the practice outlined in my book, I have learned to quiet my mind enough to allow my heart to open. The quieter my mind becomes, the more Love becomes the default setting of my life. This is truly a modern-day miracle, a miracle that can happen to anyone who has the urge to change.
Michael Cupo

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