think about the present moment from the perspective of your last day on earth

This post was written by DoctorJay on January 11, 2011
Posted Under: old post,peace of mind,peaceful life

Life is so precious but we do not appreciate it until we are about to lose it.

Continuing last night’s article on getting your priorities right, when people are on their death bed, they never regret that they didn’t spend an extra three hours at work. They don’t think about that one less toy that they didn’t buy. They don’t care about their worldly possessions.

What they do care about is the precious moments they spent with their loved ones. They wish they had more of those moments…. They remember the smiles on a child’s face, a sunset, sound of the wind on a hill, a rainbow….

As you live your day to day life, at times meditate from that perspective….

Get your priorities right. Spend more time loving, and appreciating and telling loved ones how you love and appreciate them….

Ali, the prophet Mohammad’s cousin and the greatest of Muslims said, “Live each day as though tomorrow would be your last day…. And plan each moment as though you would live forever….”

Thus to boost your self-esteem think about what is truly important and as the Chinese sages Lao Tsu wrote, “Take the middle way….”

We received this email as a response to yesterday’s piece:
“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space; we’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.

We have higher incomes, but lower morals; we’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality. These are the times of tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships.

These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; Of fancier houses, but broken homes. It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to forward this message and make a difference…. or just hit delete.”

Added June 20, 2006: Here in America many imagine that he with most toys wins. Unfortunately many of these people imagine that they are spiritual. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing intrinsically wrong with toys. It is the priorities of your life which are important. What will you regret not doing at the moment of your death? Think about it and then go for doing those things.

Writing about toys reminds me of a Polynesian island where it is very important to keep up with the Jones’s (like here, there and everywhere else humanity exists). However, and this is interesting about this culture, keeping up with the Jones’s depends on how much you give to others. The more you give to others, the higher you are esteemed in this Island. So people are kind and giving….

Where, numbers in a computer (your bank account — net worth) is a symbol of your value in the society, greed becomes good. The interesting thing is that when a societies values are so distorted that we value a rich lawyer more than a poor teacher, the question to ask is not why are there so many lawyers but how come anyone becomes a teacher or librarian.

Jan 11, 2011: I’m reminded that in Bhutan they have decided to measure the country’s GHQ and make it more important the GDP.

GHQ? Gross Happiness Quotient.

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