One of our assignments for the past couple of weeks was to read one or more obituaries everyday. Quite interesting. You learn quite a bit about the person from reading their obituary. All about the person’s family, his interests, his occupations, and his life.
Two questions Mark J asked us to ask ourselves as we read the obituaries.
- Do you think that person would like to change place with you for one more day?
- Who can you let know how grateful you are in your presence today?
Great questions. I would believe that most would like to change places for one more day. Maybe to hug their kids just one more time, or hug their spouse just one more time or maybe help a friend just one more time.
Why not do all those things while we are still here on this earth. I think that a hug, or a smile, or a helping hand may make their day.
Do you think by reading one or more obituaries everyday would put things into perspective? I know that it does for me.
Og Mandino writes in Scroll V I will beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterday’s sunrise who are no longer with the living today. I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, underserved. Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others far better than I, have departed? Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved? Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be? Is there a purpose in nature? Is this my day to excel?
By reading one obituary each day reminds me how fleeting life can be. Don’t waste the day. Be grateful for something and someone each and every day.
During the last webinar Mark J talks about how gratitude is a cause, it is not an effect. Being in a state of gratitude causes more things that in turn create more gratitude. Gratitude like kindness is contagious. Give more, get more.
Mark J also talks about giving thanks for everything whether good or bad. Give thanks. As I am listening to Mark I am saying to myself, yea right. Give thanks for all the bad things that have come into my life along with the good. It is definitely easier to give thanks for the good things. He talked about giving thanks for bankrupsy and health issues and any thing that can you think of. Wow.
Mark explains it this way. Gratitude is a cause not an effect and it instantly blocks out fear and establishes faith and creativity comes from faith not fear. Bad things are going to happen whether we give thanks for them or not so why not be thankful and learn from those experiences. Be grateful for tough things and good things as the law of growth.
You never know where each experience will lead you on your journey.
I am grateful for the sun shining down today, for the stars in the sky at night, my mother’s unconditional love, my son and daughter’s hugs, my husband, avoiding a car accident by just turning into the gas station instead of going straight, breast cancer in 2004 and conquering cancer.
Be grateful for everything big or small, bad things and good things. Where will these experiences and gratitude take you? It could be wonderful.