As of late I seem to be constantly reminded of my mortality and that my time on this earth is limited. Just last week the sister of someone I know lost her husband and her father in law on the same day. If that weren’t enough, just a couple of days later a member of our advisory council died unexpectedly while on a golfing trip.
Obviously, it’s difficult to experience all of that and not be affected. I have to admit it has me thinking a lot about life and how none of us know when our time is up. Before my thoughts began to take a depressing twist, I had to pull it together and search for the positive. What I decided to take out of all of that is how precious life is, and how I don’t want to waste moments. The truth of the matter is none of us knows how much time we have left on this earth, so I want to spend it wisely. Operating from that mindset motivates me to spend less energy on things I can’t control, and to avoid holding on to anger and frustrations longer than I should. I’ve heard it said many times “don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s all small stuff.” In the grand scheme of things, most things I stress about aren’t major, and at the end of the day, the situation always seems to work itself out anyway.
Let’s face it, even though we know we all have to leave this earth one day, it doesn’t make dealing with loss any easier. However, if there is one good thing about death, it’s that it reminds us to cherish life.
So, what I want to leave you with as a source of encouragement is this simple thought. Decide what’s important to you – be it family, friends, work, etc.- and focus your energy on that. Live life to the fullest, and live each day as though it were your last. Spend time with the people you love, let them know you love them, and get your relationships in order. Live your life so that you have no regrets.