Planning For The Time There Will Be No Time Left
As children, most of us were encouraged, reminded and advised to seek happiness in life. Indeed, a wise and noble observation. And, without hesitation, most of us did. So often, in fact, that seeking happiness became a habit that influences, motivates and to a degree, controls us. Yet, at some point, as we reflect on our mortality as human beings, we must not only contemplate but rather, plan for our swan song.
Make no mistake, seeking happiness in life is key to expressing our core values, self-actualizing our dreams, and living a balanced and fulfilling life. Yet, it is paramount to remain cognizant of the fact that our physical lives on this planet are temporary, while our spiritual lives are eternal. And, sure enough, guess which aspect gets neglected the most?
As our physical lives require attention, discipline, critical thinking, benevolence, and compassion, even more so do our spiritual lives deserve the same. It is completely understandable for this phenomenon occurs across the globe, regardless of location, upbringing, commitment, race, heritage, society, and education. It is, you see, human nature. As children of God, we are bestowed with both physical and spiritual gifts, talents, abilities, and acumen. It behooves us to expend our energies toward both, at different times, to different degrees, yet with the same commitment, resolve, and protection.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon
So, in taking that first step toward planning for the time there will be no time left, ironically, time must be spent assessing and reviewing several aspects of your life; soon to be your legacy. Worth contemplating and in no particular order, are your finances, assets, personal possessions, service arrangements, special wishes, obligations, technology footprint, faith, and the most important yet most neglected, your relationships.
The relationships with the important people in your life typically eclipse all other aspects of your legacy. And this should come as no surprise, as the world largely revolves around the people in it. Take the time (now) to reflect and analyze those important relationships, specifically, why they are important. Then, perhaps for each one, identify what you want to make sure they know about you, that perhaps they do not know, once you have transformed into the next phase of your eternal life. How do you want to be remembered?
Pass on the words you want your spouse to know about you, the intensity and lasting love you always had deep inside, the things you always loved most about them, perhaps, the secrets they never knew, or their secrets that you did know. Speak to your sons and your daughters, let them know how amazing and loved they were (and are), tell them all the things you believe they need to know about your essence, and the things you want them to know to be happy, successful, compassionate and meaningful as human beings. These…. are the things which give your legacy meaning, these are the things which give your legacy life, now, and forever. What a gift to share with your loved ones, yes?
Accordingly, doesn’t it make sense to spend the most time and attention on matters that are more important, lasting, and will describe your life and who you are, without you being able to change the impression as you transition into eternity? Without question, Free Will is understated as is the ongoing conversation with your (our) creator. Gratitude, Humility, Authenticity, and Dedication are key to finding yourself along the path of the journey that is your life, much less, finding happiness of the eternal type.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
God bless you. Wishing you peace, love, happiness and the time of your life now, and in the future. Be well.