Here’s some food for thought:
Each moment you live is one moment closer to your death. Your death is certain to happen, but it’s uncertain as to when.
At first, this seems like a really morbid and depressing thought. But think about it deeper for a moment. Why do you think it is a depressing thought? If you are living your life to it’s fullest, the thought should not envoke fear. Instead it should put your entire life into perspective. If you woke up with this thought every morning, would it change your actions? If you lived by this thought each day, do you think it would make you waste less time and appreciate your life more?
Mr. Wright and I were watching a documentary on Buddhism last night and apparently this is one of their main philosophies. You are to not fear your death because you should have lived your life preparing for your passing. If you do so, then when you die it will be peaceful because you will know you did everything you could each day to live a good, honest life. For Buddhists, living a good life is crucial to having a good life in your rebirth. But I think people of any religion could still benefit from the philosophy.
I’ve frequently heard the term, “live in the now”. The idea that each day you live is also each day closer to dying really makes me love right NOW and not be anxious for the future. I have several things planned in the very near future that I’m excited about, but now I feel much more patient for them to happen. When those moments are happening I’ll enjoy them and be happy. But for now I am content. I am happy with my life right now.
I really think that is a life changing philosophy. It makes you consider your actions and question yourself: Am I being moral right now? Am I showing compassion? Am I making full use of my time? Who am I surrounding myself with? Am I happy where I am at? What things can I change for the better? What do I need to eliminate from my life? Is this fight with my husband really worth it?
I think I shall actually stop to smell some flowers today.