I’m always delighted when the universe sends us little reminders of what matters if we are only willing to stop and take notice.
Last week Barbara Walters interviewed actor Patrick Swayze about the current state of his health. Swayze was diagnosed last year with pancreatic cancer and many people immediately began shaking their heads and whispering that it was all over for him.
Swayze shared his philosophy on his situation. He said, “We’re all dying.”
That’s exactly the point isn’t it?
It’s so easy to hang out in denial thinking that we have all the time in the world or to assume that someone with a serious illness has less time than we do. Then he declared that each of us only has 2 choices:
get busy living or get busy dying
Last weekend I held a workshop on creating a vision board. One of the participants was an 80 year old woman who had come to create a vision for the next phase of her life. You’ve got to love that spirit!
She shared that it’s easy to look back in your life and think about the things that didn’t go the way you wanted them to or reflect on missed opportunities. She decided that she would rather look forward to what could come next, to reconnect with her senses and to express more gratitude.
I’d say she’s busy living.