The movie,’The Bucket List’ is a story of two dying men that decide to fulfill the things they have always wanted to do in life. What they find is the things that they thought they wanted to do, like go see the pyramids in Egypt was not what mattered the most. They found that loving and making amends was what was at the heart of the matter of both of their lives. There is a great scene at the Pyramids in Egypt, where Morgan Freeman says to Jack Nicholson,”The Ancient Egyptian had a beautiful belief about death… When their souls got close to the heavens the Gods would ask them two questions; Have you found joy in your life? Has your life brought joy to others?”
Most people will regret the things they didn’t do in life, rather than the things they did. We regret not loving the people in our lives more, we regret not living more fully. I doubt people wish they had worked more or leveraged themselves deeper into debt. I doubt people would wish they had more fortune or fame. What I think most people will regret is not loving more, not making more profound amends, not making more of a difference in people’s lives.
“It’s difficult to understand the sum of a person’s life. Some people will tell you it’s measured by the ones left behind. Some believe it can be measured in faith. Some say by love. Other folks say life has no meaning at all. Me? I believe you measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you.” – Bucket List
Daily Affirmation: My eyes my close, but my heart stays open!
Daily Action: Today, I will radically love. I will let go of all need to be right and simply love. I will bring gifts everywhere I go… compliments, flowers and laughter!