Day 33: 100 Days
A couple of years ago, I was struck by the stories of people who, when faced with terminal illness or a health scare, would begin making different choices that aligned better with their values. Big life events can do that, causing us to reprioritize what's truly important and living a life that better reflects our values. I began to wonder -- why wait for a health scare to really start living? Why not live right now as though my days are numbered?! With as many choices as possible, I began to ask myself, "If this were my last year on earth, would I be glad I spent my time doing ____?" or " spent money on ____." or "spent time with ______?"
This has been a very powerful way of living intentionally. When I live as though my days are numbered it gives my choices a sense of urgency. When I decide that I may not have tomorrow I make choices that line up better with who I really want to become. As a Mom. As a Wife. As a Creative. As a friend. As a human. I try to cultivate and give away my gifts with greater freedom. I try to respond more quickly with compassion and understanding. I try to grow into the woman who is remembered as one who gave life to the people she rubbed shoulders with. When I treasure each day I'm given as though it may be my last - I respond differently than I would if I thought I had more time. I don't always get it right but the more I practice this mindset the more content I feel about the journey.
"Teach me to number my days, that I may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12
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