Most of us wait until our mortality is imminent to challenge our beliefs. To make the hard changes. To disregard our material wants for that which fulfills our basic needs.
I had the honor of officiating the funeral of a truly remarkable woman this week. In guiding the crowd to reflect on her life, I thought deeply about what it means to “live a life worth living”. This directive is echoed often, but what does that look like in action?
Too often I focus on all the stuff that I don’t have. That which I feel I lack. Whether that be more opportunity, a bigger house, more traveler. More, more, more.
What would it do for me and my community if I adopted a different approach? If I spent more time thinking about what gives me a peaceful sense of being, and the gifts and opportunities that are available to me now? I would immediately enrich my sense of self with a feeling of gratitude. And, likely, make decisions based on that knowledge.
I would focus on the amends I owe others. The forgiveness I seek and the forgiveness I can choose to offer. I would spend even more time on areas of service and good deeds, both big and small. I would focus on ways I can give my children what they truly need to thrive – love, attention, support.
I would prioritize these things knowing that, in the end, these are the things that make life worth living. They are the things that provide true solace and happiness in our final days.
This week, let’s be thoughtful about the behaviors and beliefs that ultimately drive our sense of self. Our purpose. That, when we reflect on our lives, bring us pride and meaning. Think of what that is for you and then choose a life that reflects those values.
Accountability, Community, Unconditional Love