Here, have a heart surgery
Sometimes when people are getting uptight at work, loosing their mind while driving, or being grossly inconsiderate at the store, I just wish they would have a life altering experience that would sober them up to what is really important.
Here, have a heart surgery; it’ll make you a better person.
OK, that sounds mean. I really don’t wish that on anyone. I’ve been there, done that, and it’s not pleasant. But the good that comes from such sobering life experiences is that one gains a wholly different perspective on how to go about living. The things that are truly important and worth stressing about are not the trivial issues that come up in our daily lives. As corny as it sounds, for me the things that matter most are my time with family and doing the things that bring the greatest satisfaction and fulfillment to my life, even if I'm not good at it.
I was talking with a co-worker who had recently been through probably the toughest challenge of her life. She had suffered through cancer treatments and surgery and was well into her recovery period as a survivor. Her and I share the same demeanor toward things less important. We have learned to laugh at ourselves and spend less time judging others. We were comparing our view of what is stress-worthy to the crazy behavior we see around us all day. We agreed that we absolutely care about doing our best in all things; that this is a positive character trait. We also agreed that when we fall short of our best it doesn't need to be treated as a capital offense, nor do we need to offend ourselves with feelings of guilt or shame.
My opening article here is devoted to what really matters. If you do one thing today do this: put in second place all things that you won’t think about when you take your last breath, and put every spare ounce of energy you have today toward whom and what really matters most; let everything else wait. I promise it will make you smile and feel great as you close your eyes tonight – and the world will be a better place.