40 Questions We’re Afraid to Ask – #40
I can’t think of a better way to bring this 40-day series to a close than by pondering how short my life would have to be in order for me to start living differently today . . . right now . . . right this moment.
As I suggested in my previous post, change can happen in a moment. The decision to make that change is the only thing that holds me back. The very first question I posed in this series asked, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m doing today?“ If not, what would I be doing?
I’ve explored a number of questions that hopefully helps each of us to ponder how we are living and what we’re doing with our lives . . .
. . . but as the name of the series suggests, we are all too often afraid . . . or we simply get too tied up with our daily challenges — to ask them.
. . . and so on.
Of course, I could ponder these questions
until kingdom come, as they say . . .
. . . but until I actually decide to make whatever changes in my life are needed, nothing is going to happen. If I’m not living the life I truly desire, it’s not going to happen. Until I decide to live my life differently, I’m not going to do so.
What if today were the last day of my life? What if I knew I had only five more years on this earth? Two more years? One more year? Six more months? One week? One day? How short would my life have to be in order for me to start living differently today?
Working with the elderly in a local retirement community has really helped me to focus more on these kinds of questions. I see people in their 90s who I can tell have lived a wonderful life and are still living life to the fullest. Others have just given in to what life has dealt them, and it shows. I’ve also seen people in their 20s and 30s who have done exactly the same. I have friend whom I have known since childhood who falls into the latter category, and whenever I see him, I see a man who looks and acts twenty years older than he actually is. He doesn’t seem to see the possibility of living differently than he has for the past several decades.
Every day . . . every moment . . . we have on this earth is an opportunity to start fresh,
to see and experience possibilities . . .
. . . and those possibilities are based on my own perceptions and the choices I make. I am not ruled by fate, but only by the beliefs I hold about life and the actions I take based on those beliefs.
Over the past hundred years or so, the study of quantum physics itself has given solid evidence of this very fact. In his book Moving Through Parallel Worlds To Achieve Your Dreams, author Kevin Michel states this as nicely as I’ve seen it stated anywhere:
“The ‘Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics‘ speaks to possibility and it speaks to opportunity. By appreciating its existence and adopting the paradigm of its existence, we start to realize that our future has infinite potentiality, and we realize that the ‘Ideal Parallel World’ of our dreams already exists along one path of our potential future; therefore our behaviors in the present can guide us to that ‘Ideal Parallel World.”
So . . . it really comes down to this . . .
What beliefs to I hold about my life?
Am I truly happy with my life as it is right now?
How long do I believe I have left to live?
What do I want to do with the time I have left?
How long am I going to take to make the changes necessary for me to live the life I want to live and believe I should be living if I want to live life to the fullest?
How short does my life need to be in order to start living differently
. . . today?