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Life and death

From Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art:

“The moment a person learns he's got terminal cancer, a profound shift takes place in his psyche. At one stroke in the doctor's office, he becomes aware of what really matters to him. Things that sixty seconds earlier had seemed all-important suddenly appear meaningless, while people and concerns that he had till then dismissed at once take on supreme importance. 

Maybe, he realizes, working this weekend on that big deal at the office isn't all that vital. Maybe it's more important to fly cross-country for his grandson's graduation. Maybe it isn't so crucial that he have the last word in the fight with his wife. Maybe instead he should tell her how much she means to him and how deeply he has always loved her.”

It’s amazing what happens to us when we think about life and death. Things seem to clear up, slow down, and become less demanding. When we take the time to think about the gifts we’ve been given, we can’t help but feel grateful. And a little bit of gratitude can do wonders.  

Be grateful, today. Make it a habit, forever.