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If You Were to Die Tomorrow, Would You be Happy With The Way You’ve Lived?

Okay, so that’s a really strange question isn’t it? 🙂

But, trying to answer this question has helped me gain lots of valuable perspective on my life (reflection), so it’s definitely a worthwhile exercise.

No one gets to choose their time. It could be 30 years from now, but it could just as easily be tomorrow (especially with the way they drive here in Auckland). It’s nothing personal, it’s just life. 😉

“It’s not how long you live, but how you live, that matters most.”
– Jill Whitman

The question from the title forces me to look back at my life, and take stock. Am I really happy with what I’m doing? Am I paying enough attention to those close to me? Am I really living/appreciating every moment?

Once I realize where I ‘am’, I then ask myself some questions to help me look forward. What can I do differently? How can I be a happier/better person? What can I do for my loved ones and others? How can I make a real difference?

It’s a great little exercise that helps me reflect, and teaches me to stay proactive and not take things for granted.

How to live
Some time ago I came across Natalie Murphy who had breast cancer (which spread to the liver and became terminal). She knew roughly how long she had left to live, but rather than giving up she made the absolute most of it, and inspired everyone around her in the process. Throughout her life she pointed out to “make the most of it”, and stressed the importance of getting yourself checked out regularly (whether it’s for breast cancer, or for prostate cancer).

You can read her story here.

Here’s an excerpt:
“It sounds cliché, but don’t take your life for granted. Days shouldn’t be lost or thrown away thinking we have endless buckets of them. I’m not being morbid, we just don’t know what’s around the corner. We always think ‘the really bad things’ happen to everyone else, not to us. But we are ‘everyone else’. We all have to appreciate our life. It’s a blessing. If there is something you have always wanted to do, go and do it! Make it happen. Make the most of everyday. Stop making excuses. Stop and smell the roses. Watch the sunset. Watch the sunrise. As I said earlier, Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift … that’s why it’s called the ‘present’. “
– Natalie Murphy

Natalie is no longer with us, but her story continues to inspire many.

What will your story be?

September 21 2012 | Spirituality | Comments Off on If You Were to Die Tomorrow, Would You be Happy With The Way You’ve Lived?

Heaven and Hell

The following story is an old Jewish story about a man who is allowed to see both heaven, and hell.

I couldn’t find the original story itself, but this is how I remember it…

Story
A man is allowed to see both heaven, and hell.

He decides to visit hell first.

As he enters hell he is welcomed by a beautiful blue sky. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and it feels like spring. He sees a path which leads to a golden gate. Once through the gate he sees a table that goes as far to the left, and right as the eye can see. The tables are stacked with delicious food. There are people sitting at the table holding cutlery, but their elbows are locked (unable to bend), so they can’t get to the food. There is a lot of yelling and cursing.

He then decides to visit heaven.

Exactly the same thing; beautiful blue sky, sun shining, birds are chirping, and it feels like spring. The path leading to the golden gate. Table as far to the left, as to the right with delicious food on it. People with cutlery, also unable to bend their elbows. There is no yelling, and cursing however. In fact, people are happy, smiling, and chatting with each other.

They had figured out that in order to eat they needed to help each other.

Conclusion
Heaven on Earth is not a myth – it has been right in front of us all along.

Have a look around, and see what difference you can make today.

November 11 2009 | Spirituality | Comments Off on Heaven and Hell