CEO of Red Ventures, Ric Elias, was a passenger of flight 1549 that crash-landed on the Hudson River. He survived to give a now-very-popular TED talk on ‘three things I learned while my plane crashed’. It took him a near-death experience to understand the worth of dear life and to give it a new purpose and meaning.
Do you know that one of the happiest countries in the world – Bhutan – the Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom’s dark secret to happiness is to contemplate on death, not once, but five times a day?
The irony of death or even contemplating our last moments on our journey called life is that our ‘mountain’ of a problem that loomed high into the sky before us, in an instant, become insignificant speed breakers that require us to just cautiously cross over; our inflated ego that balloons us into believing we are much more than our worth suddenly deflates to being a waste of precious life; our bucket list shrinks down to life’s simple pleasures that we simply forgot to enjoy; most importantly we begin to contemplate on the time wasted on things that did not matter with people who mattered (as Mr. Ric Elias rightly pointed out).
As we reach the end of the year 2016, it would be worthwhile to reflect on your choices, your needs versus your wants and count on your every reason for happiness while you contemplate on your ‘resolutions 2017’ list.
Even, Kim Kardashian is on an ‘I-am-reflecting’ break with a ‘do not disturb’ sign on her social media page! 😉
My grandfather always said – Tomorrow is never ours!
The world is your oyster – dream, cherish, laugh and enjoy every moment of dear life for your happiness is in YOUR hands!