Do you live your life as if you will live forever?

So many of us go through life without sparing a thought for tomorrow or the people to come after us.

We forget that each of us only has so much time on this planet.  And this planet only has so much resources for our consumption.

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”Gandhi

I have just had a sad reminder of how fragile and delicate life can be. One of my uncles passed away last week, just two weeks after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. It’s still unbelievable that he’s gone just like that.

This is a really tough time now for my uncle’s immediate family – but his spirit, memories and legacy will always live on.

I wrote a while ago about how to suffer excruciating pain and live again.

And I know just how tough it can be to lose a loved one such as a parent, from my own personal experience of losing my father.

In case you have missed these articles at the time, here are 3 articles I wrote about my father at the time:-

1. Lessons in life and death from my father.

2. Lessons in compassion from my father.

3. The first year of my life without my father.

Any death of a loved one seems to affect me deeply. And maybe it’s the same for everyone else – I just wonder how everyone else copes with the pain.

My uncle’s passing is yet another reminder for me and others to take heed and focus on what’s really important in our lives. Ultimately, the size of our houses, the speed of our cars nor our bank balances really don’t matter. When it’s your time to leave this human body, all those things will not matter.

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” – Malcolm Forbes

What does matter is the sort of life you lived whilst you were here and the difference you made to those in our family, your community and the world.

“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk

We can’t wait for the future to start giving things our all and enjoying the day.

Is time on your side or slipping away without notice?

What happened yesterday is history. What happens tomorrow is a mystery. What we do today makes a difference – the precious present moment.” – Nick Saban

Go ahead and claim your life. Ask the world for what you want and go all out to get it – whilst you can.

“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” –  Madonna

We can’t cheat death. Life is fragile. It could be taken away from you just like that.

It’s time to stop all this suffering and to frittering your life away. There is only one certainty about our life – and that is death. And no one knows when it’s going to come knocking on our door.

Why not make the most of each day and of each moment?

Here are my 6 suggestions to help you do just that. Each suggestion is linked to a relevant post. Do check out each article – and apply the lessons in your life from today:-

1. Live with an Attitude of Gratitude.

2. Truly forgive your loved ones today – whilst you can.

3. Create a STOP doing list.

4. The power of giving – and why I always carry a banana

5. Choose to wake up today – and choose life!

6. Do just this one thing to stop your suffering now

And no matter what, always remember the real truth about you – you have so much to offer the world.

PS Thanks everyone for your support for the London Marathon which now seems such a long time ago. I had a fabulous time and I may write a future blog post about my amazing day at the event.

Bootcamp for Authors

I am pleased to let you know that I am presenting at a “Bootcamp for Authors” in London, where I’ll be sharing my learnings about creating your book and getting it into mainstream bookstores.

I look forward to seeing you there – and lookout for a blog post soon about my presentation.

Postscript Note:- Please check out my blog post about the author’s Bootcamp:-

How I overcame my Fear of Public Speaking and How you Can Too

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