Monday, August 09, 2004

Warning – reality check.

You are going to die. You will not get today back. This isn’t a seminar, this isn’t a weekend retreat. You will die.

I don’t believe in “living each like it’s your last” because that is illogical based on the probability that you won’t die tomorrow (and I’m a bit of a literalist). But if you can realize that it is only a matter of time before you or someone you care about will die, you may be able to improve the quality of your existence. Imagine you had a fight with a loved one and stormed off. Now imagine never seeing them again.

How did that feel? I would guess that after a brief pondering, if you really thought about it, you would not only want to resolve the issue immediately but give your loved one a hug as well. It is true disputes need to be resolved, but the bigger picture can help put things in perspective. The goal here is to have enough realization to be motivated towards peace and actualization, but not so much that you are consumed by anxiety. Just think about it, you affect people’s lives and they affect yours, but there is a great deal of unnecessary strife and miscommunication in the world. Realizing your eventual death can bring you greater peace in both your personal interactions and the utilization of your life/time.

Regarding how you spend your time, you may want to know that if you spend 30 minutes each day doing something, that will equal 7 full days of your life each year ((.5h x 365d)/24h = 7.6 d). Is what you are doing worth it?

This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time. The clock’s ticking, get going!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a thought concerning your negative opinion of "living each moment like it's your last." I think perhaps your take on the quote is more that of "live each moment because it COULD be your last," and I agree with you that sudden death is an unlikely possibility. I like to think of the quote as more of a motivation than a false statement about the probability of our death. In effect, by embracing the suggestion to "live each moment like it's your last," you are actually ACCEPTING the fact that we will die, and not so much suggesting that day could be tomorrow. Just thought I'd mention that, because although I completely accept an inevitable ending to my life, I also live life to it's fullest!
PS: Have you ever lifted a really HEAVY anchor?

5:18 PM  

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