Don't wait until you're dying to really start living

 Callum Miller (@Callum-Miller)4 years, 7 months ago

‘Death’ is the ultimate mentor.

We should use it as a reminder to live our lives as fully and meaningful as possible. Personally, I think most of us waste our lives through getting angry about the minor things, becoming too preoccupied with what other people are doing in their lives and succumbing to procrastination. And, unfortunately for some of us, we only start living when we find out we’re dying and then we begin to realize how precious life really is.

Shouldn’t we learn to appreciate life as it is now? To have gratitude and be grateful for what we have now, rather than what we have not? To focus on our own lives and work on ourselves constantly to become better, kinder, stronger and more compassionate people?. We shouldn’t have to find out we only have a few days or weeks left to live, to actually start living. The only thing we have is the present moment. We should enjoy the present moment for what it is now. Instead of worrying about how other people are living their lives or what’s going to happen to tomorrow or what happened yesterday, we can focus on and appreciate the moment we are experiencing right now

What are people’s thoughts on this? It is the way I live my life and I think if the majority of people lived their lives this way they would be much happier, content, grateful and peaceful at heart.

PS: In no way, am I advocating that this is the best way to live or it’s the only way we can live and be content with life. Everybody has their own way of life or philosophy if you will. How-ether, I do resonate a lot with the Buddha’s teachings and it is why I try to apply them to my life on a daily basis and I mentor and suggest that others follow a similar philosophy because I found that it has worked for me and it has worked for thousands of Buddhists throughout the centuries. So, there must be something beneficial in the Buddhas teachings, right? 

Anyway, tell me your thoughts, criticisms and give me advice if you like. I am always open to suggestions!

February 9, 2017 at 11:46 am
Gabriel23 (0) (@GabrielDuschane) 4 years, 7 months ago ago

I would very much like to agree with this. And in a logical way, I do. And I do take heed to your advice in a logical way. However, I have had a very difficult time being happy for as long as I can remember. I think if I were dieing now, I would likely act more “freely” and try to enjoy each moment. I prefer not to wait until I’m dieing to change my outlook to a more positive one.

I have these mental blocks that tend to get in my way of being happy. I’ve had anxiety for a long time, and I tend to not trust people much. Its gotten to the point to where I’m so stagnant that all I do is work and some hobbies here and there. Its hard for me to care about much of anything. I try to do volunteer work, meditate, work out, writing and an assortment of other things. But theres still this huge void in my heart. Of course, I’ve been working on reflecting and seeing where this pain and depression comes from with only a few answers.

So I suppose I have a question for you: Were you always this positive? Always living your life this way? Or did you have to train this into your programming?

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