Does thinking about death clarify your life?

circle1_optHere is a very interesting post from Pamela Dale in my Live Powerfully Group on Linked In.

She says, “Thinking About Death Clarifies Your Life.  Many of us have the hidden fear that we are wasting our lives. But there is always tomorrow right… Usually the threat of death makes people a lot more aware of their lives. It did for me.
A perhaps grim but very effective way to look at your life is from the perspective of your death bed. Nothing brings about willpower and discipline faster than the thought of a wasted future. Your older self knows how precious every moment is.
When you envision your death bed do you feel you have been squandering your life? What is your version of a destroyed future?”  read the whole post

She has a very interesting perspective based on her direct experience.

MY TAKE: I say, the experience of a ‘near-miss’ or some other curve ball that life throws us as a wakeup call is very effective in giving us a moment of truth where we immediately assess our lives and see where we are living out of alignment with what we truly want.
However, many stop there and simply increase their misery as they feel more stuck in their current life or justify it by empowering that things are FINE.
Well, you all know how I feel about FINE – it is a four letter word which equates to Stagnation. It’s easier to change your life when you’re in enough pain or fear (DESPERATION) to cause you to act but it is so much more challenging to stay stuck when things are FINE.

Here’s the key – COURAGE to take one small step towards something meaningful.

You don’t have to throw everything away but you do have to get in action. That will gain momentum and it is from their that you develop the confidence you need to take on the change. INSPIRATION is just as powerful as Desperation but it’s harder to get to.

Summon the courage to take that one small step. get the momentum started. build confidence. get your mojo back. get inspired. become unstoppable in your quest!

Or, you can wait until you get that bad news from the doctor or some other crappy wakeup call that life throws at you.

Ultimately, it’s your choice. What are you going to do about it?


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