Get your priorities right

This post was written by DoctorJay on January 5, 2011
Posted Under: friendship,old post,peace of mind,peaceful life,spirituality

It is your priorities – the important thing is to be aware of them and select them. Thinking about your deathbed may help you determine better priorities:

I was leaving the house and rushing since I was late, when a mangy ugly deformed alley cat who has adopted us came over asking for food. This cat has no one else in the world to feed it and has great difficulty in looking after itself. It found us a few weeks ago since we already feed a few of the neighbors cat.

The other cats shun this one and altogether the poor thing is a pretty sorry feline. It has extra paws, is dirty, and walks with a limp.

The reason I’m writing all this is that it was so easy to ignore its pleadings for food. I was late and would be getting back soon and would feed this cat and the others dependent on us….

Then a thought came to me. On their deathbeds, no one ever says, “I wish I had spent twenty more hours at work each week”. No one wishes they had better cars or other possessions. What people regret is that they did not spend enough time with their loved ones. That they were not kind and compassionate when they could have been….

So I went back and brought food out for the cat. I took time to pet him and then I left for my appointment. Sure I got there slightly late, but it was not the end of the world. Inside I felt a warm glow of satisfaction. I boosted my self-esteem my self-worth by caring about a fellow being….

I am not suggesting today you do the same. All I am asking is for you to consider how you will feel about things you have done on your death bed. What missed opportunities will you regret? Go for them. What actions you took, you will consider as wasteful? Do less of these. Set your own priorities….

P.S. More than 200 days later: The cat has a name Freddie and has appeared in so many other articles in this series. He has given us so much pleasure….

Even later: Freddie is a most loving and appreciative cat. Ge is noq one of our indoor cats. He is washed and clean. He looks after other cats and is a most loving cat. Of course he is no longer ugly and we notice how beautiful he is.  He is such a blessing….

Added June 19, 2006: Freddie started as an outdoor cat and we were only feeding it. Later on he ended up moving in and living with us. He has such a wonderful loving personality and now he is a most beautiful cat in our eyes. This shows another thing that true beauty is a matter of the internal rather than superficial externalities. Unfortunately too often we only look at the trivial.

Today – January 5, 201: Eventually Freddie got cancer of the jaw and passed away. He was such a blessing and we are so lucky to have had him in our lives.

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