4000 Saturdays

Facing Up To My Mortality Inspires Me!

You have made one of the most important breakthroughs in your life.

You are one of the few who embraces the life they have, rather than living in fear of death. When we are caught up in the daily grind of life, it is hard for us to gain a perspective on what is important. Every now and then, we are faced with events in our life which really bring us back to appreciating the gift of our life, and focusing on what is important. One such event is a funeral. Every time I leave a funeral, as well as the sadness of knowing the person I knew is no longer with us, it also gives me a huge sense of gratitude for my own life. In a way, the parting gift of my friend is to remind me to appreciate being alive.

The following work day, anything I do seems so unimportant in the bigger scheme of things. The strange thing however is that feeling of appreciation gradually dwindles over a period of time, it could be days, weeks or months, but it always seems to lose its inspiring power. It's a natural human trait. We all do it! Often the routine of life sucks us back in and fills up our attention with all the superficial things we do. We end up becoming re-immersed in the drama of our lives.

So how do we maintain a perspective on what is really important? The way I recommend is keeping in the forefront of your mind the number of Saturdays you have left. Even though this is a hypothetical figure, it gives you something to measure all your decisions against. Without a benchmark, we can't fully value our time and consequently our lives. Without any perspective on their mortality, many people live lives of insignificance, acting if they are immortal and that "death is something that happens to other people". The truth is that in order to live our best life, one with true meaning and purpose, we need to constantly judge how we feel, what we think about and what we do with the limited time we have in our lives. There is nothing more powerful!

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