Nursing has given me a different perspective of life
When people are critically or terminally ill their perspective in life changes: often quite drastically. In that moment the lunacy of their lives often flash through their thoughts. A great quote to summarise the reality that meets many people is given by The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity:
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
So what is the question that you will definitely get to ask if you haven’t already?
Before I get to that, let me also cover what you will also ask if you get time before knowing that the final curtain is about to come down soon. You will question your life. It is the things that you didn’t do that you will regret the most.
You will also question your purpose/legacy. The things you did that made a positive difference will amplify in their meaning to you. Many regret giving up the best years of their lives for the promise of a happy future, only to die very rich and unhappy. A small few face this with a smile on their face, knowing that they did a good job. Which will you be?
However, the question that everybody gets to ask: Is there life after death?
And here is my wager: If you don’t believe in it now, you will one day!
In the meantime, having fun, enjoying the moment and the people who mean the most to you is a gift in life that you may miss in the rush to get rich. Since you are reading this, why not make a point of saying something kind to, or doing something nice for someone for no reason other than you can?
Even a smile can make someone’s day
Finding someone or something to smile about will make you feel better right now, and make your life easier when it really matters. If you need a lighter perspective on the subject, here you go…