Driving to work I turned on the radio to Tim McGraw’s song “To Live Like You Were Dying.” I love its message. Why is it that it isn’t until faced with death that we do some of the things he talks about in this song?
His friend has been given a bad prognosis. He asks him what happened after such terrible news; the answer? He loved deeper, spoke sweeter, gave forgiveness he had been denying; he became the husband he should be and a friend anyone would like to have. He chose to do things for himself like going fishing and bust through fears like skydiving and mountain climbing.
So what exactly is the difference between living as we all do and someone who knows their death is near? It is quite simple really. We stubbornly choose to be right about our point of view. We live blindly holding tight to our “rightness.”
When faced with imminent death, being right about anything is seen for the silly insignificant thought it really is and we prioritize. When you are dying, what is going to be more important, being right or being in relationship?
The truth is we are all constantly dying. Every step you take in life leads to the inevitable. It might take 10 years, it might take 82, but you too will pass. What is it going to take for you to live like you were dying?
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