When I sat down to write tonight I didn’t have a clue what to say. My writing routine was disrupted when I had to work very late last night for my *real* job, and tonight I was feeling tired and uninspired. As luck would have it, my Twitter stream led me to my favorite vlog, Your Great Life TV, where I discovered Bernardo’s recent video titled, What’s in Your Final Backpack?
And voila. I’m now inspired to write.
Bernardo’s video was about discovering what we’re taking with us when we leave this place (Earth, life, etc.), in the way of experiences and personal relationships. He talks about a one dollar bill that he found in the wallet of a loved one that recently passed on. He said that the dollar could have been one million dollars and it wouldn’t have mattered. He’s right.
How much time do most of us waste working for, shopping for, planning for, and yearning for material or monetary *crap* that simply becomes someone else’s problem (or blessing) when we pass on?
Assuming we believe we’ll eventually leave this physical plane and pass into heaven, or a higher dimension, it’s reasonable to expect that what we’ll take with us when we go is what has been imprinted into our minds throughout this life. Not what’s collecting dust in our curio cabinets.
How are we spending our time?
Lately, I’ve been
pretty entirely focused on creating the money needed to pay off my debts, so I can live life more simply, so I can enjoy my time here more fully, so I can create more freedom in my life, so…whew. I can forget to slow down and take a breath. Right. Now.
How about you?
Now, I’m not suggesting that you abandon your plans to payoff your debts or achieve your goals. I’m only suggesting that you take a step back, and access what’s important for you to take with you for eternity.
I’ll give you a hint — it’s probably not that new car/house/trip/outfit you’ve been dreaming about.
Once you figure out what it is that makes your soul swell with happiness, make time for it in your life. Is it helping others achieve their goals? Great. Promote and support the people you believe in. Is it creating visual art? Make time for painting or photography. You get the point.
You’ve heard this old adage before I’m sure. It goes something like this: When you’re on your deathbed, you’re not going to regret not working harder for that promotion you’re obsessing over now. You’re going to wish you had spent more time with your family and friends.
What do you want to take with you when you go?
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