It does no harm to remember that life is short. It may seem morbid but the only guarantee in this life is that our lives will come to an end. We’re all heading in the same direction, we just don’t know when our individual journeys will end.
Which is something most of us naturally prefer not to think about. Sometimes it’s brought frighteningly into focus, other times it may fade into the background. But actually keeping this at the forefront of our minds can make a great difference to how we live. To making sure that we’re living on purpose, that we’re being who we want to be and that we’re consciously making the most of our lives, in whichever ways feel most personally meaningful.
What would you do if you were told you only had 6 months left to live?
Where would you spend that time? Who would you be with? What would you be doing? Is there anything you’d want to say, add, change or eliminate?
Asking these questions can be very illuminating and can show us what really matters; what speaks to our hearts and where we need to be focussing more of our time and energy in this moment.
Imagine if we could live according to this, at least to some degree; if we could weave some of these ideas into our longer term plans or visions. If we could ask these questions every 6 months and then set our intentions accordingly. It would mean that when our time did come to an end we would have no regrets. We would have consciously decided to use death as a reminder and a motivator to live how we most want to live, NOW.
When people come to the end of their lives or contemplate death it usually brings them back to their hearts. It weeds out what isn’t important and speaks to what is. So we can use the prospect of it in a positive way, to live with more heart now.
What really matters to you?
What lights you up?
What does your heart say in your quietest moments?
What do you yearn for?
What touches and moves you the most?
Ask these questions so you can focus on what’s most important, and spend your days accordingly.
Don’t waste your time on things that don’t appear in your answers to the above.
Cherish those close to you and appreciate your body and your health. Savour the simple moments.
Life is meant to be lived in celebration. It’s a gift.
How do you want to celebrate yours?