Eventually the road here ends for all of us… and it begs the question… How would we live our final day if the road ended today? This premise is interesting from both philosophical and practical perspectives.
We often are fixated only on the future, as if our physical existence was never ending. At some point we will all face a gate that ends our experience of the road. When we will meet that gate is unknown. One thing is certain. The more days we live, the closer that closed gate becomes.
Our journeys can be full of adventure. Learning. Appreciation. Giving. Hope. If that is what we choose to see and experience.
Or, we may choose a road that is narrow and bleak… full of judgement. Recrimination. And, blame for our own shortcomings.
We may spend our time seeking material things in our lives. Hoping to fill an emptiness that lives inside us. Only to discover that these things we seek are transient. The more we try to cram into our emptiness… the greater the emptiness becomes.
Our existence can be self-limiting and constricted. Not recognizing our talents and potential to make a contribution, we may waste them engaged in banalities. Our life purpose can become obscured.
Ignoring the criticisms from others and the limitations that they may attempt to put upon us, allows us the freedom to pursue our life’s purpose. To make the road a little bit better for those behind us.
Even when all appears bright we never know what may lie ahead. Understanding and using our talents in positive ways, helps nurture the courage we need to face the unknown.
And, more importantly… the challenges that we know are on our path… and the effort it will take to overcome them.
We may need to take time to heal… while still maintaining our determination to continue.
If our road ended today… we would fill our day with important things, not trivialities.
If our road ended today… we would appreciate the grandeur that is all around us.
If our road ended today… we would slow down and savour each and every breath. We would tell the special people in our lives how much they mean to us. And, how much we love them.
If our road ended today… we would want to experience the serenity that comes from the knowledge that we lived our lives well… that we did the best we could. And, that we made a difference… if only for a fleeting instant.
Depending on how we have lived, serenity may not greet us at the end of our road. Should that possibility exist we have the metamorphic power of choice to alter our path. We can begin anew… here and now… while we still have the time to do so.
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