Take a moment to really look at the world and listen. Everyone is talking about a change of some sort wanting happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives. It would seem at first sight as an onlooker listening that there’s an inherent passion for change in life.
However…wanting isn’t changing.
People, unfortunately wait endlessly at the heavily guarded gate between wanting and changing. There will always be a million life circumstances while fighting to cross through. Waiting a lifetime for an elusive day of the stars and heavens aligning perfectly to start will never come.
Start living life with a sense of urgency and there’s no better time than now to start turning life wants into life changes. Life…has a time-limit…and the sand in the hourglass continues to fall, but the majority are not fazed by this analogy (maybe you).
Most people I think would agree a near-death experience is tragic. The stories may vary from one another, but the moral of the story is always the same with most people dramatically changing afterward. What’s puzzling is we are all near death…time unknown. Why wait?
I will be dead soon (yes you). Say it out load if you have too. Now, what do you want to do before you die? There’s no right answer to the question. Answer the question and commit to it.
Yes…very morbid yet so clarifying.
I know it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day fulfilling life demands and too often we let important changes ride in the back seat of life. Just maybe if more people took the time to think about the fact that we will all, in fact, die without notice, they’d start living a completely different life.
Steve Jobs said it perfectly in his speech.
“ Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall, away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Stanford 2005.
For me, living with meaningful clarity occurred at thirty-eight years of age when advancement to a senior position didn’t fulfill my life aspirations I’d buried in the back of my mind.
Checking out of life…mentally.
Most people lack a sense of life direction. Instead of finding their purpose and building a better life, they spend a lifetime doing something that will never be as fulfilling to them for the sole purpose of meeting basic financial survival.
Throughout life, important choices must be made and accepting the inevitable should give an undeniable perspective for change to start creating a life filled with purpose. If this was the last day, would it be as imagined. Take control again and start changing life’s wants with a sense of urgency.
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