Love Life and it will Love you back
I have found that if you love life it will love you back
Listening to the radio and TV the last little while I pretty much hear everyone I talk to say “I will be glad to see the end of 2020”
Have you ever had a year that you just wanted to chalk up to a disaster that you don’t want to look back on? Well I must say that I have had a few and frankly, I have had some years that were worse than 2020. When you look at your life as a whole, there has to be a few ups and downs, things we regret, things we would never do again, things we want to do more of, people we wish we had spent more time with and things that make us very grateful for what we have and who we have in our lives.
Being an analytical type of person, sometimes I break things down to percentages and when you do that it can shine a light on how fortunate your life is. For me the percentage of wonderful things in my life to be grateful for far outweighs the difficulties. I would say that I have probably had 75% of my life as something I am eternally grateful for. That nasty 25% I am also grateful for because you cannot grow without difficulties or pain in your life and I truly believe that it is the 25% that makes us better people.
I have lost a lot of people in my life and it makes me want to hold the ones that are left and the new ones that we encounter very close, as to me those are the most important things in life. We all want to do well in business, make money etc. but without loved ones and friends, the business and money is not very meaningful.
And let’s not forget about health!!!! Unfortunately, some people exceed financially to incredible levels, only to realize that once you are told your end is near, you are full of regret because the money and business accomplishments you achieve evaporate as you do.
Steve Jobs put into perspective what the lack of meaningful connection with others means when it is to late to correct at the end of your life.
“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.
At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death. In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer …
Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth …Should be something that is more important: Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days
Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love. That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.
What is the most expensive bed in the world? A Sick bed …
You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost — Life. When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading — Book of Healthy Life.
Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.
Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.”
I hope you all find balance in your life. The meaningful touch of a loved one. The joy in hugging your children and grandchildren. The gift of coming home to someone you love for one day it may not be there.
2020 may be the year that made us all appreciate what we have and who we have in our lives. Let that make 2021 and beyond the life that has balance and meaning. Love of life, Love of friends and family and Love of what you do each day.
Happy New Year everyone and may it be everything you are committed to making it.
Brian McCullough, RE/MAX of Nanaimo
#1-5140 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, BC V9T 2K8
Office: (250) -751 – 1223