Friday, August 20, 2010
I'm going to take the weekend to work on this. This is pretty hardcore and emotional and I really want to take some time to think it out.
Clearly imagine yourself lying on your own deathbed. Full realize the feelings connected with dying and saying good-bye. Mentally invite the people into your life who are important to you and have them visit you at your bedside, one at a time. Speak outloud or write them a letter. (i plan to do it this way) This is going to be one tough exercise. But I think it's going to be an eye opener for sure.
In the book the author says, "during this difficult exercise, I really got to see how much I'd left out of my life. How many wonderful feelings I've had about my children, for example, that I'd never explicitly expressed. At the end of the exercise, I was an emotional mess. I had rarely cried that hard in my life. But when those emotions cleared, a wonderful thing happened. I was clear. I knew what was really important, and who really mattered to me. From that day on I vowed not to leave anything to chance. I made up my mind never to leave anything unsaid. I wanted to live as if I might die any moment. The entire experience altered the way I related to people ever since. We don't have to wait until we're actually near death to receive these benefits of being mortal. We can create the experience anytime we want."
We all keep planning to do great things some day when we feel up to it. We assign our goals and dreams. What an eye opener. I hope that you'll join in on this exercise too. I think it will change our lives.