I was sitting by his hospital bed watching him breathe. During his last few weeks, he told me stories of his wonderful life. He was ready to go and passed peacefully at home surrounded by family. I write and share his Eulogy to celebrate his life. I love him so much and will miss him dearly.
I hear news of a friend who has passed way too soon.
I hear of another who is living his last days.
These experiences have me pausing to reflect. Have I identified what is important to me? What are my goals? Am I spending my precious time on what matters most? Am I spending time with those who matter most to me? Am I spending my money on what I value? Am I making a difference? How long do I have left on this earth? Do I tell those I love how I feel about them? How will I be remembered? Am I happy? Am I nourishing my body, mind and spirit? Am I going through the motions or living my live with intention and by design?
I’m taking time this week to sort out these feelings, answer these questions, and act on them by reassessing my values. I’m writing long term and short term goals, which I do every year. But this year it feels different. I’m acutely aware of the preciousness of time. We all hear “life is short” but sometimes you’re jolted into a raw understanding of the feeling that we are mortal and our time is limited.
My hope for you is that you take the time to reflect and answer the questions I posed above. Be your best you. Live your life with intention. Spend your valuable time in a way that is meaningful.
One tool that I have found helpful is the image below. Review each aspect of your health and your habits. What are your priorities in each area? Where do you need to change? What would good look like? What can you do to get to “good”?
Take ten minutes every day to reflect. What are you thankful for? What are your priorities for the day? Read your goals EVERY DAY and take one action to get you closer to your goal.
Wishing you a healthy, happy and intentional 2018. Be well, and live your best life!