When I first started playing around on the computer I came across the letters LOL. I thought it meant “live out loud”or “lots of love”…until my youngest daughter set me straight. Of course this was after she had a good laugh over my lack of computer lingo. So yeah, it means “laugh out loud”…hmm, I like that too because I do tend to laugh out loud quite a bit… but still to this day, whenever I see LOL or use them myself, I think “live out loud” or “lots of love” and I smile at the memory of my mistake and the humor it brought to my daughter.
Not long ago, I came across this quote.
"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, I will answer you: I am here to live out loud." – Émile Zola
I turned to google to learn more about this person behind the quote. It was interesting to learn that he lived between 1840 and 1902. Which means he likely said this in the 1800’s. Why does it fascinate me so much that someone living back then, talked about living out loud?
This also gets me thinking about how many of the wise words that encourage or inspire me were written or spoken many years ago. Many of these people, were people that lived out loud. I am sure that when these things were said and recorded at the time, they had no clue that their words would become quotes, hundreds of years later. They may not have known what a difference they were making in the world either.
Anyways…back to LOL…In my desire to live out loud I’ve sought out to observe people that are already doing so.
I look at the people I see living out loud and these are qualities I see in them…
They know who they are.
They are honest about who they are.
They aren’t trying to be someone else.
They know they have shortcomings and weaknesses but don’t use them as excuses.
They know what they want.
They are confident.
They do not subscribe to the “it’s all about me” mentality.
They listen to their inner voice of wisdom.
They are good listeners.
They know what matters to them.
They are lovers not haters.
They aren’t afraid to fail.
They don’t see mistakes. They see opportunities for growth and learning.
They face their fears.
They aren’t afraid to try new things.
They don’t have to know everything.
They are willing to ask for help when needed.
They have sincere smiles.
They look you in the eyes.
They take risks.
They are willing to learn.
They have peace.
They laugh out loud.
They have a contentment about them.
They make decisions and act on them.
They aren’t lazy.
They are neither over busy or uninvolved. They are balanced.
They aren’t living for approval or to be noticed.
They don’t need everyone to like them or approve of them.
They treat themselves well.
They take an active role in the care of their physical bodies, their health and their emotional well being.
They live life instead of standing on the sidelines.
They give of themselves to something greater, that will benefit others.
They do things they are passionate about.
They have lots of love for others.
They have joy.
Their words, actions and choices match up.
In their very essence they are living true to themselves and what they see as their lives purpose. You could say they live their lives on purpose.
Living out loud looks different on each person because it’s authentic to who they are.
Many of the great people in history, that we now quote hundreds of years later, were people that lived out loud.
Ordinary people that live out loud make a difference in our world too, even though many of them will never be famous or be quoted a hundred years from now.
Just the same, I do believe they have been and are the movers and shakers of this world.
I want to be one of these people.
I want to…
in my heart…
What qualities do you see in someone that lives out loud?
Do you have lots of love in your heart?
Do you laugh out loud?
Love & Hugs, Lori