Through life we make choices that define us. We make these choices based on our experiences and where we are in life.
If we’re not selfish, we think about how our choices will effect our loved ones. If we are selfish then we’ll think about how the choices affect us.
For 99.9% of the decisions we make in life don’t ever take in the fact that we are going to die.
Now here me out before you say I’m being a downer.
I’m not talking about being scared of death, far from it.
I’m talking about acknowledging that we aren’t here forever and living a fulfilling life is more important than living a life full of things we think we have to do.
The big example I like to bring up is work.
Is it necessary to work a job all day away from your family? You may say yes but is it really?
What is more important, spending time away from your family so that you can buy them a big house with a big TV and a bunch of video games? Or a modest house with more time spent together as a family?
If you remember that one day you won’t be there to make money for your family to have all of the finer things in life, then maybe we can change our attitude about how we make choices.
Set a date when you are going to die. I’m going to die in 50 years, so that’s how long I have to accomplish everything I’ve ever wanted to do.
Am I going to waste 35 of my most fruitful years in a job I don’t want to wake up for?
I can go through life waking up in the morning, having some coffee and maybe reading the paper, head to work, come back home, eat dinner, watch TV, go to sleep.
It is possible to do that. But do you want to look back over your life and wish that you made a different decision in life and changed up your routine everyday?
Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.
~Henri de Lubac
Is it possible to do that? Is it possible not to work all day? Hell yea.
Is it easy to get to that point? No! But it is possible and it doesn’t take a lifetime to learn.
All it takes is for you to always remember that you won’t be here one day. So what are you doing today to ensure that you have no regrets when you’re on your death bed?
Make life count, you only have one!
Do you think having death on your mind would affect your decisions in life?