A matter of life and death

October 9, 2010

 Photo by Phil Johnson

I watched a programme a couple of nights ago about the plane that landed on the Hudson River in New York and how amazingly, everybody survived! The skill and courage the captain showed was just marvellous! What an extraordinary  man!

What I found really interesting, was how many of the passengers, interviewed at a later date said that as a result of their near death experience, they had made changes to their lives.

It is not the first time I have heard this. Many people who have survived certain death situations through accident or illness, go on to do something totally different with their lives.

So what is it that happens to people when they have that experience, that causes the change in the way they think about their lives?

Many say that as they are facing death, they realise how much time they have wasted worrying about things that just weren’t that important in the grand scheme of things and given another chance would do things differently. Spend more time with their families, do the things they always wanted to do but were afraid to,  take more risks, opportunities and give thought to their purpose in life.

What they are doing is understanding that life is meant to be lived, fully, totally, abundantly, gratefully and with great joy and happiness. Enjoying every moment and not wasting a second, or holding back because of fear. How sad it is that most people only understand  how great life can be when they believe it is about to be lost.

How many people reach the end of a long life and lying on their deathbed, have the same feeling? Surely that must be the definition of hell! The realisation of how life was meant to be lived when it is too late!

So  are you going to wait until you face death before you choose to live?

Or will you make the choice now from this moment forward to live your life how you want to live it. As if each moment was your last and squeeze every drop of living out of every one of those moments.

You don’t have to wait until you’re about to nose dive into the Hudson River, you can do it now!

And if you do wait, well, your captain may not have the courage and skills needed to pull it off! Then what?

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