One thing that really puts things into perspective is to think of one’s own death. Let’s face it, since the moment of our birth, we are moving towards that inevitable day when we leave this body we’ve chosen as a vehicle for our time on earth. Sometimes we are reminded of our mortality through the death of a loved one, friend, or acquaintance, or by witnessing some sort of tragedy, or we are simply asked to write our legacy in a reflection exercise.
Whatever sparks this reflection process, it can be both scary and motivating to think about what we still want to accomplish in this world. Quite often, these desired accomplishments tend to be non-tangible, such as a longing to be remembered as loving and kind.
Whenever I find myself in one of these moments of reflection, I also use it to check in on the status of my life. It is a time I ask myself, “Am I satisfied and fulfilled?” Recently, a former co-worker (who was near my age) passed away, and I found myself deep in thought; pondering, “what if this were my last day on earth?” For the first time (ever!), I felt perfectly okay – no unfinished business. Of course, I still have things I’d like to accomplish, and I want to be around to enjoy relationships with loved ones; however, I found myself feeling deep gratitude for my close relationships, who I am today, and the life I’ve lived.
So, my friends, what if today were the last day of your life? Would you have any unfinished business? If so, what are you going to do about it?