Life is so delicate and none of us know when we are going to die, yet it’s the only guarantee from the moment we are born.
Every breath is a precious gift.
Last week I was on my speaking tour in Guatemala and had the privilege of visiting a special home for kids with terminal cancer that my client started. These kids are all under 18 years old and have about 6 months or less to live. They come there to be loved, supported, and taken care of in their last days.
I had the honor of meeting 5 of the kids ranging from 5-18 years old. There were simply no words to describe how deeply my heart was moved. The young girl in the picture is Julissa, she has lost all of her eyesight due to cancer and her days are numbered. Yet the purity of her heart, the tenderness of her spirit, the strength of her soul was such an inspiration to all those around her that she meets.
We didn’t speak the same language but it didn’t matter. We just held ea
ch other’s hands, and no words were needed. Despite her challenging situation it was clear that she fully surrendered to the unfolding of her life. A beautiful peace and the grace of God’s love radiated through her
entire being even in the midst of all the pain she is going through. Despite her circumstance, she continues to love courageously and didn’t allow her circumstance to determine who she was going to be.
I felt like I was in the presence of an angel. It made me think that perhaps young souls have a contract to endure such hardships because they are here to teach us all about what is truly important.
That same weekend I found out shocking news that a friend of mine committed suicide. So I have been really feeling the rawness, the vulnerability of what it is to be human. This human experience is often quite challenging, and requires a lot of courage to live with an open heart.
Spending time with these very special children who faced death was a powerful reminder that:
- Life is so short, and we don’t know when our time will come to an end, so don’t waste time holding onto old resentments in an effort to be right. Being right won’t make you truly happy. Forgiving fully, often this is your freedom and your power.
- Stop focusing on the small stuff that you won’t even remember a week from now and certainly not on your death bed. What you focus on expands, so focus on what is truly important and meaningful to you. Life gives you no refunds for the time you spent worrying.
- Spend lots of time with those you love and care for whilst they are alive. Honor them, hug them, tell them how you feel, love them with no regrets. Make sure they know how much you love them.
- Don’t chase money but follow what lights you up. Live boldly in the direction of your passion and do what you love. You don’t take any of the material stuff with you except who you become in the process of living itself.
- Living life to make other’s happy at the expense of yourself is a recipe for suffering. Not being who you really are will only make you miserable. It’s your life. Own it and be true to yourself. Be yourself fully. This is the greatest gift you can give the world.
- You don’t necessarily get to control everything that happens to you in life, but you do get to choos how you will respond, and the most powerful response is how much you will love. It’s when you love that you are free. At the end of your life, it’s the only thing that will really matter. So commit to loving big.
We will all die. Not all of us truly live.
The only thing that you get to leave behind is the loving that you gave whilst you were alive.
So how do you need to live so that you have no regrets?
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