Everyone’s got advice on how to live a better life or how to live a life worth living. There’s a spin here, there, and everywhere on this age-old question.
Come on now.. Who doesn’t want to live a better life? I think the answer is NO ONE.
The Wrong Question To Ask
If you talk to a lot of people about living a great life and how you live that great life, you’ll often here one answer.
Live like today is your last day on earth.
They’ll often turn that into a question.
What would you do if you knew today was the day you died?
This sounds like a great question to ask. You’ll run through the scenarios of the last moments of your life and the things you want to do before you die.
I’m sure you can come up with a thousand and one things you would want to do. And it seems good. It seems like you’ll have the answer of what to do with your life and how to make life meaningful.
However, I think asking yourself that question isn’t the right question to ask if you truly want to live a life worth living.
Why would this be the case? Why shouldn’t I want to live like today is my last day alive?
The answer may shock you…
When you live like today is your last day, you become focused on yourself. You begin to forget those around you. You will think about the activities that will make YOU happy.
A Better Question To Ask
There’s a better question to ask rather than the one about your last day. This question will help you begin to focus on what’s truly important and how you can make life better right now.
If my best friend/wife/husband/mom/dad/etc only had 24 hours left to live, what would I do?
Oh… Do you see what I did right there? I turned the question from a self-centered quest to a other-centered quest.
But why would we want to do this? What’s in it for me? How can this make my life a life worth living?
Something magical begins to happen when we begin to shift our focus from ourselves to others. Our mindsets begin to change and we begin to truly experience life.
When we focus only on our desires and the thought of our impending death, we easily become self-absorbed and think only of ourselves. However, if we shift the thought of the last 24 hours with our loved ones we can begin to do the things that truly matter.
We can take the step to build a deeper bond with our spouse. We can make a special night with our parents. We can hold our son or daughter ever closer.
In the end, this is all about letting others know that we love them. The relationships we build. The love we share…
And, to me, that’s what living a life worth living truly is.
Question: What about you? What do you think constitutes a life worth living? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.