though I've realized that this is not the best perspective to live life.
I don't want to be like that woman on the Titanic, who when was being
lowered into the lifeboat said 'If I'd known this was going to happen I
would have had that Chocolate Mousse dessert.' This reflects a view of
life that speaks a lie. It is a false belief that if I enjoy something
now, I won't be able to look forward to anything good like that in the
future. This belief steals the joy from living in the present, and also
lies to me about what the future might hold.
it takes sad or traumatic situation to cause a person to stop and take
stock their life's perspective and lifestyle. For example, let me tell
you how it happened for Ruth
day, out of the blue, Ruth got
one of those devastating 'phone calls' that we all dread receiving. Her
sister Jane had passed away
unexpectedly. Ruth went over to
the home to help her brother in law with the sad task of preparation for
the funeral. They were in the bedroom deciding on clothes Jane would wear as she was laid to rest. He
pulled out of the drawer some beautiful lingerie wrapped in tissue.
Ruth gasped as she saw the
astronomical cost on the price tag. '
Jane bought this in Paris 8
or 9 years ago. She never wore it. She was saving it for a special
occasion. I guess this is it.' he said. It was exquisitely, handmade in
silk, with a delicate cobweb of lace. As he slammed the drawer shut he
said something that changed Ruth 's life for ever. 'Don't ever save
anything for a special occasion. Every day you're alive is a special
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the funeral, Ruth began to
evaluate her life from a different perspective. She began to see life as
something to be enjoyed not endured. Ruth started to make changes, although small
at first, for Ruth they had
great significance. She sat in the garden more and didn't worry about
the weeds. She wore expensive perfume on ordinary days, after all co
workers and cashiers have noses that function just as well as party
goers! She lit that candle that had been sitting as a centre piece on
the dining room table collecting dust. She got that cracked window
fixed, that she'd been meaning to do for years. She invited those
friends round for dinner that she'd seen at the last sixteen weddings,
and said we must get together.
that she would live each day as if it was her last. Now every morning
when Ruth opens her eyes, she
tells herself that this day is special. Every day, every breath, every
minute of her life is truly a gift from God.
life perspective changes when you start living each day as if it was
your last. You start to look at all the things that you want to
accomplish in life and actually get started!! You stop watching everyone
else doing it. Have the courage to start thinking 'It's my turn now' and
do what is in your heart. Grandma Moses began a painting career at age
seventy six. Golda Meir
was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969 at age
seventy one. I recently met a lady in her eighties who, in the last two
years, had been white-water rafting, and hiking in the Himalayas . She was excitedly planning her next
wait years, or until something traumatic happens to get your attention.
Start now to reflect on your life's perspective and begin living without
I love this quote by
Sage , speaker and
is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in
sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and
loudly proclaiming, "Wow - What a Ride!"