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What Kind Of Life

A guy named Paul McGee wrote a book called "S.U.M.O." If you don't know what it is, go check out the book at your favorite library or online book store. But in this book is a section that asks the question, what type of future do you want? In the book, Paul also writes about a sociologist and church leader, Anthony Campolo, who had asked a group of older folks what they would do differently if they had their lives to do all over again.

Both groups gave the same general responses and the top three responses were;

  • Live with few regrets / Lived with less regrets
  • Have time to reflect / Taken more time out to reflect
  • Leave a legacy / Left a legacy

What a great set of answers and very inciteful to what many people want to have in life and what others wished they had achieved. So my question to you would be, why just wish for it until you're too old and can't necessarily change these things? Why not do them now?

Having less regrets would mean not procrastinating. It would mean getting up now and doing something. That something could be volunteering some of your free time, becoming more involved in a church, actually learning to speak Spanish (reminder to self, get up and do it) or maybe being less intent on having to be ahead of everyone else on the highway.

There is an old phrase, time worn but still useful which says, "stop and smell the roses." Sure, you have heard it a million times before, but so many people fail to actually perform such a simple task. I had to actually learn this process of slowing down and re-prioritizing my life. It was not easy and is not easy to maintain given our need to succeed and get ahead.

I also know that driving for success is a good thing, but you need to take time to prioritize your life and not let it slip by. It can by like riding on a Merry Go Round sometimes. You become so intent on trying to grab the brass ring that you do not even enjoy the ride. Pretty soon the Merry Go Round ride ends and you have missed the fun and enjoyment it all.

Lastly, leave a great legacy for those left behind to remember you by. Will those people be able to sa, "gee, that person really made a difference in my life." What are the things people will want to say at your funeral, what are the things people will want to remember you for? Do not forget that the person who "dies with the most toys" still dies.

What will you regret late in life or will there have been no regrets?

Will you have taken enough time to reflect and enjoyed the merry go round?

What will be the legacy you leave behind?

Make your life a great one. Make your life something that had been good for others. And stay inspired my friends.


Street Talk

I am always pleased to see a new Article from you in my inbox Joseph and today I am, once again, inspired by what you share. The thought it inspired in me is to remember to live in the now and make every moment the best I can. Thank you.

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  about 9 years ago

Joseph, so many people forget to sit and analysis what they have achieved instead of what they wanted to achieve. I have had so many ups and downs in my life, leaving Rhodesia with nothing, rebuilding again, buying a farm and in the end losing it, Rebuilding again and so on. It has been a roller coaster but I think nearly everyone goes through this in life. Would one change it? Not me, I have learnt so much in the ride and achieved the attainment of re-establishing myself every time that the ride has been an education attainable at no university. What we forget to do is to look at what we have achieved, it might not be what we wanted but it is something. God might have planned things differently for you than to others and one must ensure that you enjoy the ride rather than to over achieve. Take the time to enjoy what you have, you said it, can't take your toys with you.

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  about 9 years ago

I can so relate to this article. Thanks Joseph.

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  about 9 years ago
AJ  

Words to ponder, thanks Joseph. My favorite line here: Do not forget that the person who "dies with the most toys" still dies. Sometimes having more does not mean you enjoy more. It just means you spent more.

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  about 9 years ago
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