More on the ‘fullness of life’

Recently returned from a short break. Here as promised in the last post, is an update on my efforts to describe what it means to “live life to the full’ in the context of life lived out in the favelas.

My mother was fond of the proverbs ‘fools rush in where angels fear to tread’ and despite her best efforts I am not the angel that fears to tread and it is only after I have done the rushing that I realise once again I am the ‘fool’.
The latest example being the suggestion that I would develop a criteria for the “the fullness of life ” and cringingly worse the further suggestion that I might then use this criteria to judge the extent to which ‘the fullness of life’ might be achieved by those living in the favelas.

I began by trying to understand what is meant by ‘fullness’ and wondered if it would become more clear if I substituted the word ‘fullness’ with ‘meaningfulness’ or maybe thought of it in terms of what a ‘a good life’ might look like.
This got me no nearer, so I began listing the kinds of things that might characterise the life of someone who I would describe as having ‘life in all its fullness’.
I soon became aware that I was framing it within the morality of Christian dogma and therefore there would be the element of self-sacrifice, joy and sadness. All of which are shared by world faiths and humanists, all of which I believe are essential to describing ‘ a life lived to the full’.
But there is another which I think makes the difference and which is essential to the ‘fullness’ and that is the taking up of a personally challenging situation.
But more of this when I have thought about it a little more,and in particular how this relates to the lives of those in the favelas.

What would you describe as ‘a full life’ ?

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  1. Well, thanks once again Margaret for helping me “think”!
    You have posed challenging questions for sure. I rather suspect the fullness of life quest lies more in the probing (or journeying …. / journalling ? ) than in a full answer!
    And as for being a “fool”, I cannot agree! (I note though the similarity in spelling and certain pronunciations at least twixt full/fool!) I’m rather taken by the notion that “risk” is a key notion in your proverbial analysis at least….. And I’m left pondering to what extent a “full life” might be tempered by being “risk averse”!!!!
    Hey and all this at 3.15am – pre the quite stunning dawn chorus of these parts at this time of year. In my book a “full life” certainly drinks deeply of such early morn experiences….. whereas the risk-averse might blissfully sleep through it all!!!!!!!!!
    On that note, I have opened the window further and now I’m awe-struck by the cachophony of sounds from the natural world- much birdsong but accompanied today by multiple sounds of air rushing in gusts through the trees. I look forward to reading more from you and others …. but I must close this blog window to concentrate on my window on the wider and wilder world.

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