Take a few minutes to consider the following: if you were to “kick the bucket” today – to pass away, as the catchphrase implies – how would you live the final moments of your life? What actions and purpose would your Bucket List consist of?
How about advancing your career, buying more things or planning for the future? These may seem like some common concerns for younger, healthier people, but when faced with the prospect of dying, priorities often shift towards enjoying the absolute most precious things in our lives. Have you ever determined what the most important things in your life are? Surveyed audiences’ answers included relationships, family, loved ones, good health, contributing to society, and leaving a legacy.
In our last days of life, we crave for those whom we love to be near us. We strive to make amends where we have gone wrong, and for the freedom that forgiveness allows. When the end is near, rich relationships with people are the most precious things. We are a species that needs interdependence with people, and we have deep-rooted needs to love and be loved – not only on a romantic level, but platonically as well. Respect, encouragement, and appreciation of your personal and professional relationships alike are the keys to understanding and acceptance.
Imagine that you’re about to retire. You are feeling good, honoured to have been a part of the organization; communicating with everyone in a positive way, shaking hands with coworkers, and sharing plans for the future; being respectful of your workplace, proud of your accomplishments, appreciative of your employer for the opportunity, and confident in your journey ahead. Doesn’t it feel great to imagine these experiences? Wouldn’t you like to feel this way every day?
There is no reason for us to wait for retirement or death before allowing ourselves to feel proud in what we have accomplished throughout our lives and to honour the relationships we have cultivated. By creating your greatest day in your mind first, you will realize how it feels, and what you need to do to make it a reality.
Wishing you a full bucket every day,
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