The best way to deal with that is to live in a fully conscious, compassionate, loving way. Don’t wait until you’re on your deathbed to recognize that this is the only way to live.
– Morrie Schwartz
To me, success in life is determined at the moment it is about to be taken away.
When I am on my deathbed and all is quiet and dark around me, I want to close my eyes, look back on my life and offer a smile and a tear, satisfied and content in knowing that I have lived a beautiful life through the principles of honesty, generosity and selflessness.
I want to look back and remember the people in my life, those closest to me, my family and friends and those that I have lost along the way and remember the happiness, joy and experiences we shared.
I want to look back and remember those I came in contact with for brief periods of time, those that made an impact on my life and those that I was able to enlighten or have a special impact on.
I want to listen to the voices of my loved ones and hear all of the abundant plans and possibilities for what their beautiful future may be.
I want to relax in my bed, warm and content knowing that I have given a good crack at life, proud in knowing that I have achieved the things I have desired to achieve in my lifetime.
I want to be proud that I have lived my life in a way that sets an example for others.
I want to be humble in knowing that I have passed on my knowledge and wisdom to those that can learn and develop from my experience.
I want to remember the mistakes I have made along the way and have a chuckle to myself, looking back on how I learned, developed and became a better man because of these.
To me, this is the moment that defines success. I will judge my life before God has that honour. From today and for everyday for the rest of my life, I will live by the above principles, and therefore each moment I experience, in its own right, will be a success.