In the TV Discovery series, The Last Alaskans, Heimo Korth, speaking of his love and joy of life living in Alaska, said: “If I live to 80, I only have 20 more years, man. That ain’t long. I don’t want to go; I just don’t want to go. I like life too much. I’d be one guy if they said: if you’d take this pill and you could live for five hundred more years, I’d take that so fast, it would be unreal.”
Great leaders treasure and value every precious moment of their life. They joyously and happily live every day of their life to the fullest. They find learning in disappointments, self-understanding in downfalls and growth in challenges. They find joy in serving others to achieve their fullest potential, satisfaction and gratitude in their accomplishments and humility in their personal recognition. They find excitement in dreaming their dreams, believing that there is more to themselves and, every day, moving from the ‘what is’ to the ‘what can be.’ They enjoy the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, the splendors of nature and the love of their family and friends. All these and more fills their life with exquisite happiness and ecstasy.
Yes, there is so much to life. So the question to each of us is: would you take that pill? I pray that you would join me as we take handfuls of them for the ones we love and then take one for ourselves and live five hundred more years. Life is so very good. Our best is yet to come!
May we remember Natalie Babbit’s counsel from Tuck Everlasting: “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” Live every precious and beautiful moment. Your life is in your hands.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!