A lot of people nowadays have never heard of the basketball game HORSE or PIG, which is sad. It’s a driveway classic that gives the old, slower, less athletic hoopers among us a chance to taste victory every once in a while.
In HORSE, one player shoots a shot. If he makes it, then the next person has to make it or they get an H, or the next letter in the word HORSE. Players are eliminated from the game when they get an E. However, depending on who you are playing with, you may be required to “prove it” even after the other player misses the final shot. To “prove it” you simply have to make the same shot again.
By proving it, you remove all doubt.
Why Should We Care?
Too often we live a life of existence, applying little thought to our lives and why we even do the things we do. We don’t know why we work, why we go to school, why we talk to our friends or kids the way we do … And, when asked, we simply default to the canned response, “I don’t know, that’s just what I do.”
Pretty sad approach if you think about it, isn’t it? To just exist?
To combat the societal pull for just fitting in, we can consider a simple question that will push you to consider the potential of your life beyond existing.
What is your proof of life?
The things that “prove it” for you, that remove all doubt, are your proofs of life.
Do more of them.
Most people will immediately take this to weekend plans, vacations, and nights out with friends. And, they certainly may be proof of life for you. However, to fully understand what it is that thrusts us beyond an existent life we need to dig a layer deeper and consider what it is about those weekend plans, vacations, and nights out that prove we are alive.
Is it the social interaction with others? Is it the sharing of time with loved ones? Is it the experience of something new that you’ve never seen? Once we know the reason, we can be intentional about including that behavior and purpose in more of our activities.
It’s intentionality to what’s important to us that proves it.
REAL TALK - Action Steps
Understanding your proof of life requires awareness, which is probably why so many people remain existent. Here are a few things to consider in hopes of gaining the awareness necessary to live fully.
If nothing else comes from this, I hope you will at least ask yourself if you are existing or living. And, if you say your living, have the courage to ask yourself to prove it.
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