First let me say that a doctor has not told me that I’m dying soon. But I am dying. Just like you. We all will die at some point. Why does it take the words from a doctor, telling us we have months to live, to change our reality about life?
Would you live differently if you knew you had 6 to 12 months to live? What would you do differently?
I was reading a chapter in Matthew Kelly’s book titled Resisting Happiness. In this chapter, he shared a story about a meeting he had with hospice nurses. He asked them what people talked about during their final weeks and days.
He listed 24 things that dying people wished they had done differently. I was struck by the sincerity and regret that existed in some of the statements. They said things like:
“I wish I’d had the courage to just be myself.”
“I wish I had been a better spouse.”
“I wish I had taken better care of myself.”
“I wish I had stayed in touch with old friends.”
“I wish I had pursued more of my dreams.”
And the list went on. The thoughts and regrets of dying people is a lesson that each of us can apply today before it is too late. I am picking up so many lessons as I read this book and this chapter really struck a positive nerve in me. It slapped reality in the face and reminds me that I have a purpose on this earth. Something that is bigger than me. A path that I must follow and action I must take.
When you look at yourself and your journey, how do you feel about it? Are you doing what you are meant to do? Do you have dreams and goals that you want to achieve? Are you acting on those dreams and goals? Are you putting action into your life that helps you to achieve them?
Remember it is never too late to act on your dreams. Do you like Kentucky Fried Chicken? Who doesn’t right? Well Colonel Sanders started the company at age 65. The man never gave up. So, when do you start living? After you’re told you don’t have much time? Or when you are alive, healthy, driven and knowing that you have dreams and goals to achieve.
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