What is your focus in life? …
Getting through the day – or living a life of purpose?
There is a point from which we all usually live our life; dealing with problems – either at work or at home, setting goals, powering through the struggles, embracing our achievements, over compensating for the insecurities. Our vanity, how often do we care too much – about what others will think? Our doubt, the fears, and the constant need to compare.
It’s the junk, the unnecessary clutter that we carry with us throughout the day, carry with us into the next …
None of it will matter – in the end, when that final breath arrives.
If its not gonna matter in a hundred years – it shouldn’t matter in the every day.
We’ve all encountered that grimace of angst and unhappiness from someone throughout the course of our day, perhaps that someone is nestled within your family … the unavoidable that is present at every gathering. Or the co-worker that heightens the stress of an already difficult day, with a continuum of complaints.
Gratitude is the result of practicing joy in our lives. It is there where we find happiness and contentment.
Death would teach me one of life’s greatest lessons, that tomorrow is never promised.
In the finality of that moment, “today” is all we have to get it right. Death is final, there are no do-overs, there are no second chances. I was extremely fortunate to have spent a lifetime with a man who approached life in such a manner – living each day in it’s fullness.It was the overall testament at his service ~ “he lived each day giving all that he had – with purpose and without hesitation.”
… “I’m proud of the life I have lived so far, and though I have made my share of mistakes, I’ve asked for forgiveness – been forgiven. I’ve loved my wife and and my children with my whole heart and they have loved me back. I’ll leave this world with no regrets” – he said, shortly before his unexpected death.
Little did I know that those words he would utter would bring comfort and peace to my heart in the long days that followed his death – comfort me throughout my grieving process. Continue to help me navigate my journey to find peace in the wake of his death. Create in me, a deeper resolve to live each day “with purpose and without hesitation.”
At the end of the day …
Do the people you love – know that you love them? Has life’s tasks kept you busy and “on-the-go” have you taken the time to watch the sun, rise or set? Been kind to someone, just because. Said, “I’m sorry” and “I love you” – “forgive me”, even though that pesky thing called pride, draws your line in the sand and says “I did nothing wrong” … did you smile and say “good morning” or kissed them while you said, “good night” – picked up the phone, yes even in the hurried moments of your day just because [he] or anyone has come to mind, and said, “hello – I’m thinking of you.” Actually prayed for the person, when you told them, that you would.
Do you pay more attention to the moments of your life, rather then the piles of laundry or dishes? And your countless “to-do” – task lists.
Are you managing your life or enjoying it?
If tomorrow never comes …
Death is the inherent partner to Life. I had no idea that “tomorrow” would never come – so soon …
I read a travel blog where the admonishment was to “get out there” and live life – throw caution to the wind “because life was much too short” to settle for anything less then … and while I am all on board to do just that in my own life – these days.
It is in the every day moments, those moments that you think are insignificant, they are actually the moments that create the memories of your life.
What remains …
Live with intention, choose with no regret, love what you do and live as if today, is all that there is.
“Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now?” The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day.” – Billy Graham