This past week, a long time patient of mine passed away.
It was something I knew was coming, but how can one really prepare?
She was a strong, independent and incredibly loving person who enriched the lives of all those around her.
She will live on in the hearts of her family and friends.
Why is it that we reflect on life, at death?
Below are lessons that Dr. Smita Malhotra has learned through her years as a pediatrician.
1. Your greatest investment will be in people.
The only things a person in the hospital brings with them is the love and support of their family and friends.
They don’t bring their big house, their expensive car or even their fancy clothes.
They begin to realize that their greatest investment has been in people. It is these same people who will shower them with support, love and good blessings that give strength during the tough times.
And when they have crossed over to the other side, they live on in the hearts and souls of those they have left behind.
2. Be a collector of moments, not a collector of things
For a person in the hospital, every moment is special. People deeply cherish the moments spent laughing together and even watching TV together.
What if we started doing this before someone is on their deathbed?
Learn to be a collector of moments. Cherish the moments with your loved ones as if you were collecting them. Store them in a special place in your heart and always keep looking to add to your collection.
3. Do not stress about approval
The next time you find yourself stressing about what someone else thinks of you, think of your last day on this earth. Will this matter then?
4. When you have a choice between time and money... pick time
We spend so much time stressing about our money. We make portfolios, we create spreadsheets, and we hire stockbrokers. We spend hours trying to figure out how we can get more.
But what if we thought of our time in this way? Have you made a time portfolio? Have you figured out where and how you spend your time?
5. Life is too short to not pursue the dreams that are in your heart
I cannot count how many times I have heard someone say that they wished they had more time to pursue the dreams that were in their heart. Sometimes we put off our dreams for the day when we ‘have the time’ or ‘have more money’. Or we give up on them all together because we don’t think others would approve.
As Danielle LaPorte said:
Do you remember who you were before the world told you who to be?
I am here to remind you that regret is a heartbreaking emotion. Don’t find yourself in the hospital, regretting all the things that you wish you could have done. START NOW.
The best way to honor those we have lost is to make our lives even better. To pursue the dreams that lie deep in our hearts. To invest in people. To never judge. To be a collector of moments. To value our time. To not stress about approval. To always remember who we really are.
And to never ever forget truly how big we are blessed.
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