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Guest post by J. M. Hawkins

Dear Soul,

I want more out of my life.

Dear Life,

More! More! More! is the cry of miscalculation. Less than ALL will not bring you to elation. Settling for something more can be worse than settling for nothing, because those who have nothing still have room for the everything of the ALL—for a life that has found something to be ALL in for.

Look at it this way. Right now your life is a pileup. You pile up experiences, knowledge, wealth, but it never seems to be quite enough. You are always so intently tailgating that next little bit of gain that you’ll soon pile up on the highway of your life. If you were Cinderella, you’d tell the fairy godmother to come back later because you were about to really clean up.

Why do you keep falling into the trap of piling up the small when you could be ALL-in for life, for love, for joy—when you could be dancing at the Ball of the ALL? Shall we dance?

Today, I’ll hear the deep call of life to go beyond seeking more for my limited self; I’ll begin to move to the music of the all-joyful, all-compassionate, all-celebrating dance of my greater life. Today I’ll be All-in for life—I’ll dance at the Ball of the ALL.

 *The Dear Soul/Dear Life dialogs by J.M. Hawkins are adapted and used by permission. They are excerpted from his collection, Word From Soul City and were used in discussion groups that met in cities across America in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to the Life That Loves to Happen seminars with Landon Saunders.