Death and Perspective: How remembering the big picture of your life will help you accept life so you can live it more fully.
There are few things more humbling than watching someone face death, especially with grace. Last weekend I spent time with a woman preparing for her own death caused by a painful brain tumor.Death is a part of life. This truth about life can give you perspective, which is a very beautiful thing because it distinguishes the important things and the not-so-important things. Perspective can humble the thinking mind, which tends to make all little problems into big ones, whereas the heart focuses on love and what truly matters down in your soul.
The big picture—whether it comes from death, a near-death experience, or simply a moment of awareness—can show you the difference between what you think matters, and what truly matters.
We are all going to leave our bodies some day. You may or may not have the foresight to know when that will be. Time is built into this life experience, and that’s what makes each moment so precious! If your time wasn’t limited, it wouldn’t be precious, and you may never have the courage to seize the moment and live your life passionately—to play the human game to the fullest.
I know that the thoughts in the mind can be powerful enough to make anyone afraid of taking chances—so powerful that I once heard they can convince you of anything. BUT, do you think on your death-bed, you’ll appreciate all the thoughts you listened to out of fear, or out of being practical? Do you think on your death-bed that you’ll give yourself a gold star because you took the road of being responsible?
What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?
That life is in control, and the only way to overcome my limitations and fears is to surrender to what it is teaching me with humility, and to be one with it.
What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?
I appreciate that no matter what challenges I’ve faced, I’ve decided to take the road less traveled and appreciate everything that has ever happened in my life because every event has brought me to exploring the aliveness of my heart.
What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?
When I first left my corporate job, it was my most rewarding achievement because I was so afraid of leaving the security I believed it gave me (at the time) and so taking that leap led me to a path of becoming an entrepreneur and following my heart wherever it may lead. Now I’m not afraid of that, and I don’t let fear get in the way of what I love, as a result of those experiences.
My biggest goal right now is finish a book I’ve been writing.
What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity?
My personality is definitely quirky, in a million different ways – in probably so many I can’t think of any right now.
How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
Humor. There are few things I love more than to laugh.
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