How long will you live?

Have you ever read anything that inspires or motivates you?  Sure you have.  And have you ever noticed that a lot of motivational speakers inspire people because they lived through a tragedy that brought them close to death?  Since they had such an experience and because of that experience, they talk about enjoying each moment of each day.

How many days do you have left on this earth?  We don’t know and that’s a concerning question that sets us back a bit.  What if you knew the end would happen this Saturday?  Would you live those remaining days differently? Well I’m sure the answer would be an astounding yes!

We’ve all heard people say “I’ll really be happy when I reach 16,” or “I’ll really be happy when I get married, or divorced, when I retire, or win the lottery.”  The list goes on and on.  We tend to put off happiness and joy until tomorrow when we should be relishing each moment of today! 

Today is the day you dreamt about yesterday, in fact it’s always today!  If it’s always today then shouldn’t we live life to the fullest today?

My own father was an example of procrastinating joy and happiness.  He owned his own business in the Midwest and didn’t take a vacation the last 15 years of his life.  His promise was that he’d find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when he retired.  He said that he and my mother would move to Sun City, Arizona, enjoy the sunshine, make new friends, buy a motor home, travel, and “be happy.”

Well, that’s exactly what he did.  He sold the business, and retired on his 65th birthday.  They moved to Sun City.  The first Saturday after settling in their new house, they went out to dinner to celebrate their new life, and after returning home he died suddenly of a heart attack.

Only one week of sunshine, no new friends, no motor home, no traveling, no joy of retiring that he promised himself and others for the past 15 years.

Take time today to count your blessings and be grateful for what you have.  The more gratitude you have the more joy you will experience!

Research has shown that most lotto winners end up in bankruptcy and today are leading a miserable life.  The happiest people on this planet are the ones with a passion for what they do and live life daily with a positive attitude!

Take a few minutes right now and write down things that make you happy.  Be grateful for the things that you have and things that make you smile, and tell someone in your life today that you love them.