30 days to reaching your potential day 27: On life and death

We all have a purpose to play with our lives.

Yesterday saw a death that was very close to a person in my primary circle of influence. Unfortunately when someone dies there is just nothing that can really be said to ease the pain.

Life is precious and each of us is unique. We all have our own distinct personality and can never be replaced. I firmly believe that we all have a unique purpose to play in life and as long as we are still breathing our purpose for existing is not yet completed.

Death is something we must all face yet no one wants to really experience it. At times we can forget just how short our lives really are and can often get distracted, embarrassed or afraid when it comes to completing our purpose. Unfortunately these are usually only distractions in our lives.

Steve Jobs, Founder and CEO of Apple Computers stated the following which is powerful to remember:

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life, because almost everything- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."

We may not know our true calling in life but I can guarantee this: it is for the benefit of someone else. Our lives were meant to be lived with others. Often when we die, the greatest impact we have had can be seen in both the way we have lived our lives and the impact our lives have had in helping others to live theirs.

Today is as good a day as any to spend a few minutes reflecting on the value of your life and lives of those around you. Remember that you have a purpose and that any obstacles that could prevent that purpose from being fulfilled are insignificant when compared to death. Lastly, contemplate how best to live your life in a way that can be an example for those whom you spend it with.

Actions:
  1. Reflect on the value of life.
  2. Acknowledge that you have a purpose to play (even if you are unsure what it is).
  3. Remember that your life is the greatest example you have for others, and consider how best to use it for their benefit.