Most of us spend much of our lives waiting impatiently for the future to arrive. Sometimes it helps to be reminded that there is meaning and value to be found in the right-here and right-now.
I recently found that reminder in a page from the online version of Charting Your Course: A whole person approach to living with cancer. The page is about finding meaning in the cancer experience.
It is written with a focus on people facing the end of life, and maybe that's what made it so powerful to me - because the focus is inherently on the experience of the here and now, not the long-term future. These thoughts, under the heading, "When Time is Short," felt especially relevant:
As you ponder the spiritual issues of illness, you may realize that there are things you wish to accomplish, and that time may be short. What unfinished business do you want to complete? What will give you a sense of joy and accomplishment? Make a list of things you want to finish.
What if you answer those questions regardless of how much time you have? What is truly important? What is meaningful? What needs doing now that you would regret not doing?
Food for thought.
[The page is originally drawn from the book, Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness.]
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM