All the best things in life come packaged with ribbon of risk and uncertainty. We untie the gift, we assume the risk, and equally, the joy. In order to experience life in the full sense, we must expose ourselves to continual vulnerability and we must live with intention. Here are some beautiful thoughts inspired by the writings of Mary Anne Radmacher.

Live with intention: Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Laugh. Play with abandon. Practice wellness. Continue to learn. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Lead or follow a leader. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.

Are you putting off living the life you've always longed for? Nearly everyone postpones one grand thing or a collection of mighty hopes and dreams.

It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.-Mae Iemison

Between the quote marks of our lives are phrases like these: "When things slow down...when I finish my degree...when I get I acquire a deeper knowledge base...when I have kids...when the kids are grown...when I get well...when I marry...when I divorce...when I retire...when I get that promotion, that raise, that job, that house, that whatever the fill-in-the blank is for your specific postponing of life..."

Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work it's way into your consciousness.
-Caroline Myss

Your life begins when you do. You may think you are postponing the longing of your soul until life aligns itself with your vision, until elements conspire to be more favorable...but as it happens, life just lolls along at the same remarkable consistent and disinterested cadence.

Life is impartial. Your personal, subjective life (dreams, satisfactions, contentment, achievements, vision, fullness, passion, aspirations) begins when you begin.

From my childhood to adulthood, I said, "I want to be successful and happy." One day I changed the sentence to, "I am successful and happy." My view changed. Life began. I looked behind me and realized that I had been living negatively for fear of failure. I had been laying down a path that was only now visible to eyes that had begun to see.

By beginning to live my life with purpose, faith, confidence and enthusiasm, the door began to open for more opportunities and blessings by simply believing positively that I could live my dream. I began living that dream by seeing that I could.

Our purpose, that thing that among the many to-dos of our days, is what we must do with self-confidence and passion. Let us embrace the reality of our purpose each minute of our precious life...for how very true it is that life begins when we do.

By Tim Pedrosa