Dying is something every single sentient being has in common. Nothing is permanent. The important thing (at least to me) is to live each day to the fullest. I don’t mean climbing Mount Everest or winning an Olympic medal. I mean living each day in the moment — admiring a sunset; watch the sunrise; listen to the birds chirping, notice the way your dog looks at you… you know, stuff that makes you think “life is good” and it really is. Even if life throws you a curve ball, there is always something to be thankful for. Something to be happy about. It’s all about attitude.
Forget about yesterday (it’s done and gone) or worrying about the future (it ain’t here yet).
Impermanence is one of the essential doctrines or three marks of existence in Buddhism. Being of service to sentient beings is also essential to living a happy life.
“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity” Guatama Buddha.
I include inspiring others to be part of that. It can be as simple as encouraging someone to follow their dream.
Cancer taught me to enjoy the here and now cause nobody’s guaranteed a tomorrow. Cancer may not take me out, but I am guaranteed eventually something else will. Cancer made me examine my priorities. It made me not give a shit what others thought about me. If I feel like wearing my crown and leopard coat while walking my dogs or blogging …I do. And you know what? Nobody cares. They may think I’m quirky and they are right. I am comfortable in my own skin… every wrinkly, scarred part of me.
My goal these days is to share information and inspire others which brings me to the reason I wrote this post today. This morning I ran across another person who inspired teens most of his adult life. He was a high school teacher until brain cancer prevented him from going to class…BUT brain cancer has not stopped him from continuing to inspire others. You can read more about him and his inspiring message here.