“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Fifteen years ago, I was lucky enough to witness the humble, elegant, peaceful passing of my 89-year-old grandfather. As I sat quietly in his hospice care room alongside other family members, his nurse smiled softly and said, “I can see he lived well. Everyone dies the way they live.”
And as I drove home that evening, three questions began cycling through my mind…
“Am I living well?”
“Where do I have room for improvement?”
“What do I want to be able to smile about on the inside when I’m on my deathbed?”
These questions are tough, especially the last one. In fact, I desperately struggled to envision myself on my deathbed – thinking about it stressed me out. So I turned my back on these healthy questions and didn’t think about them any further. I distracted myself for a couple years, until I found myself back in a hospice care room with my 90-year-old grandmother (who was the most amazing human being I’ve ever met, by the way).
The questions came roaring back into my thoughts. But this time, as soon as I felt inner resistance, I rephrased the final question:
“What do I want to be able to smile about on the inside in 5 years from today?”
When rephrased in this way, I found it so much easier to digest.
And as crazy as it may sound to you, this small change in thinking changed my life. From that day forward I started living differently.
So today, I challenge you to ask yourself these questions, and let them inspire you to make positive changes in your life.
If you do, I guarantee in 5 years from now you’ll catch yourself smiling about…
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1. The fact that you didn’t talk yourself out of doing your thing.
Walt Disney once said, “Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious – and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
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