“The average life expectancy in America is just about 77 years, give or take a few. That’s just over 28,000 days to figure out why you are here, what you are going to do about it, and how you want to live. And just so we are clear, the ground rule is this: life is not fair in any way, shape or form. You could be here one day and gone the next without any warning. You could do all the “right” things, like exercising, eating right, getting enough sleep, not smoking, and limiting your alcohol intake, and then get struck by lightning, run over by a bus, gored by a bull, or slip in the shower. Life begins in an instance and often ends the same way.
Our arrogance and ego keep us from staying in the moment. We look at the obituary page and cannot imagine our picture there – death is something that happens to someone else, no matter how many funerals we attend. We cannot imagine our own demise, which in turn keeps us from experiencing life to the fullest. Denial is not just a river – it’s a state as well – one that most of us live in when it comes to understanding that we come in on time and leave on time, and that the in-between time is always the right time to make time for the people, places, and events that are really important.”
John St. Augustine, in “Living an Uncommon Life”
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