Crying lady cartoonWe are not here forever.

We are here for just a brief moment in time. And, some of us get our death sentence earlier than others.

A young woman in her mid forties came for a health consultation.

She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was told she had three months, max, to live.

We sat together and I went over specific diet and lifestyle improvements for her condition. It was thirteen pages of content containing various foods to eat and ways to adjust her life so it was more conducive to healing.

With each page I turned, I noticed she was growing more and more agitated. She folded her arms across her chest and crossed her legs. A clear sign she was not receptive to the information I was sharing.

When I finished with my recommendations for her condition she didn’t say anything.

She just sat there looking down at the paperwork.

Then she looked up at me, raised her eyebrows and matter-of-factly stated, “You can’t possibly think that I’m going to do any of this stuff for myself, do you?”

“No.” I said, “Considering your emotional condition, I don’t think you’re going to do any self-care at all. But, you came for a consultation so I had to offer it as a possibility.”

She said, “What else can you offer me.”

I said, “Well, if I were you, I would quit that high-stress job and I would take ALL of my money out of the bank. Then I would go and do the things I have always wanted to do, but haven’t actually done yet. I would make it the best three months of my life and then take it from there.”

She sat quietly and blankly stared at me. Then she took a deep breath and released a long slow exhale. She said, “That’s good enough. Thank you.”

I never heard from her again.

My hope is that she took that last bit of advice and put it to good use.

Each day we wake up one step closer to death. A morbid, but sobering thought. Some folks are here for a longer duration than others, but one thing is clear; we are all out of here at some point.

What would you do differently if you knew the end was near?

  • Would you quit the job you hate and instead do something you love?
  • Would you ditch the abusive relationship and open yourself up for a better partner?
  • Would you love the people in your life more?
  • Would you forgive others to help lighten their emotional burden?
  • Would you forgive yourself, so you can be free?
  • Would you have fun and laugh and play more?
  • Would you take better care of yourself: physically, emotionally and spiritually?

Death is inevitable.

No-one makes it out of this life alive… at least not in the physical body.

Now that you know the “BAD” news, what are you going to do?