Death is a fact of life and we need to live with death in mind. We plan and go about our daily lives assuming we will live forever here on earth. Fact is, we won't! Our tickers are ticking! Your time to live is now with death in mind!
As a friend challenged me today: what would you do if you knew you only had a month left to live? How would you walk? Talk? Interact with others?
Would you finally say what you've been wanting to say? Would you stand up for that cause even if it meant being ostracized by your friends? Would you eat some humble pie and go to that person asking for forgiveness? Maybe you would spend more money? Maybe you would give more money away? Maybe you would be more "others" minded than self minded? Maybe you would do that thing you've wanted to do for the past 30 years, but the time has just never been right?
You know it can be argued that someone who gets their "notice," gets a gift. When that doctor tells the person, "You only have 6-8 weeks left to live. I recommend getting things in order." Although it sucks on one hand, on the other hand they've just been given a gift -- a brief picture into their future. Instead of living like they have scores of years left to live, they start living more intentionally. They seek out meaningful conversations. They stop caring about what other people think. They do some serious soul searching. They focus on what matters versus all the fluff. People matter, not the stuff. (We get that turned around a lot of the time, don't we?!?!)
So as I sit in the hospice center this week watching Pops breathe and his chest go up and down wheezing from time to time, I ask myself these questions. I think about death. I think about life. I think about what it means to Live well. What it means to die well. Although I am only 27 years old, I am 27 years old. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to me. I want to live with death in mind. I want to live today with mind, body AND spirit being intentional in the present.
ALL YOU HAVE IS NOW. WHAT YOU DO MATTERS.