Fragile photoI write this as a friend suffers in the hospital from a stroke- we didn’t see this one coming!

So much of what we believe to be rock solid in life is in fact fragile. Our health, our jobs, our homes, even life itself could be gone in a flash as if it never was. Look at the recent events of hurricanes, mass shootings and wild fires. I doubt anybody foresaw those things happening in their lives a month before they occurred. But like the undeniable coming of the dawn, tragedy struck.

So I ask you the question, ‘What is really important in life?’

I used to work for an engineering company. The man who ran the company was strictly business, not really caring about anything but the money. I’d hear him tell another engineer repeatedly, “I don’t care if it ever gets built as long as we get paid.” How pathetic! To reduce one’s self worth to mere dollars and cents, to not take pride in your contributions to society and helping the well being of others.

Time and circumstance have a way of changing one’s outlook on life. Death is a great eye opener to what is really important. If you proposed to the richest man in the world on his death bed, “You can live one more day and give me all your wealth or die now with your wealth” what do you think his answer would be? Material possession aren’t all that they are cut out to be, they really don’t satisfy one’s needs. If riches and collecting mammon could bring happiness than why do rich people always covet more? Like a drug addict they need to keep getting more of their fix.

We didn’t bring anything into this world and we don’t carry anything out. A great deal of the world’s religions see our time spent in this world as both a lesson for the next world and as a gauge to our eternal status. In Christianity you have the idea of ‘treasures’ in heaven, unless of course one happens to wind up in hell. In Hinduism one goes through the process of reincarnation, living multiple lives. The idea is to live a life of such quality that it returns one to god.

If your eternal destiny isn’t enough motivation for living a good life, than the benefits here on Earth should help. I have found the statement “One reaps as they sow” to be very true. If you are kind to others, as a general rule they will be kind in return to you. Smile at somebody and the chances are they smile back. A rich life is one where one has many friends and good neighbors. You can only achieve this is if you put time and effort into it, by being a kind, generous, giving person.

So take time to smell the flowers and while your at it water them as well so they will be strong and vibrant, a blessing for others as well as you. We only go through this way once.  You aren’t promised tomorrow. They are cliches, yes, but still they are truths. Maybe we can’t live every day as if it was our last day, that isn’t practical at all. But we can dedicate at least one hour of everyday as if it was our last.

Follow your dreams sooner, not later.

I promise you that one day will be your last.