To encourage you to keep going.
To remind you to be strong.

Published on October 11, 2016 in Picture Quotes, Quote of the Day
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POWERFUL ADVICE FROM A DYING MAN.

via Reddit

“I am only 34 years old, yet I have actually already chosen my last tie. It’s the one that I will wear on my funeral a few months from now. It may not match my suit, but I think it’s perfect for the occasion.

The cancer diagnosis came too late to give me at least a tenuous hope for a long life, but I realized that the most important thing about death is to ensure that you leave this world a little better than it was before you existed with your contributions . The way I’ve lived my life so far, my existence or more precisely the loss of it, will not matter because I have lived without doing anything impactful.

Before, there were so many things that occupied my mind. When I learned how much time I had left, however, it became clear which things are really important. So, I am writing to you for a selfish reason. I want to give meaning to my life by sharing with you what I have realized:

  • Don’t waste your time on work that you don’t enjoy. It is obvious that you cannot succeed in something that you don’t like. Patience, passion, and dedication come easily only when you love what you do.
  • It’s stupid to be afraid of others’ opinions. Fear weakens and paralyzes you. If you let it, it can grow worse and worse every day until there is nothing left of you, but a shell of yourself. Listen to your inner voice and go with it. Some people may call you crazy, but some may even think you‘re a legend.
  • Take control of your life Take full responsibility for the things that happen to you. Limit bad habits and try to lead a healthier life. Find a sport that makes you happy. Most of all, don’t procrastinate. Let your life be shaped by decisions you made, not by the ones you didn’t.
  • Appreciate the people around you Your friends and relatives will always be an infinite source of strength and love. That is why you shouldn’t take them for granted.

It is difficult for me to fully express my feelings about the importance of these simple realizations, but I hope that you will listen to someone who has experienced how valuable time is.

I’m not upset because I understand that the last days of my life have become meaningful. I only regret that I will not be able to see a lot of cool stuff that should happen soon like the creation of AI, or Elon Musk’s next awesome project. I also hope that the war in Syria and Ukraine will end soon.

We care so much about the health and integrity of our body that until death, we don’t notice that the body is nothing more than a box – a parcel for delivering our personality, thoughts, beliefs and intentions to this world. If there is nothing in this box that can change the world, then it doesn’t matter if it disappears. I believe that we all have potential, but it also takes a lot of courage to realize it.

You can float through a life created by circumstances, missing day after day, hour after hour. Or, you can fight for what you believe in and write the great story of your life. I hope you will make the right choice.

Leave a mark in this world. Have a meaningful life, whatever definition it has for you. Go towards it. The place we are leaving is a beautiful playground, where everything is possible. Yet, we are not here forever. Our life is a short spark in this beautiful little planet that flies with incredible speed to the endless darkness of the unknown universe. So, enjoy your time here with passion. Make it interesting. Make it count!

Thank you!”

42 Comments

  1. muriel moore October 11, 2016 Reply

    Thank you my friend, I needed that. Peace be with you now. You have done enough with your short life, probably more than you know, for you have made me smile, and THINK about my life and why am I here, you have helped me move forward. It’s ok to go back to the source now with no regrets and no sadness.

  2. Laura October 11, 2016 Reply

    I hope you know where you are going next is not endless darkness. It is a beautiful and holy place where there is no pain or suffering and all are loved. Thank you for your post. I’ll say a prayer for you.

  3. Jana October 11, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for this amazing message. I wish to know your name & your face so we have a soul with the face It makes it tangible for us.

    The gift of diamond was given ..wisdom, love and the truth liberates. Hope your soul is liberated and you leave with love. I don’t know you but I send you love and light to make you strong and peaceful.

    Sunny warm blessing to you x

  4. recy October 11, 2016 Reply

    My prayers for you, brother. The thoughts you’ve written had reached countless readers I’m sure and these readers perhaps are as grateful as I am. You are blessed because you know you’ll be leaving this earthly world soon and I guess you had already prepared your heart and soul for it. For us, if like a thief the terminator comes we will be caught totally unprepared….. THANK YOU for sharing the content of your heart. May God hold your hand and walk you to His Kingdom when the sun will finally set…. and may He always be with you now and in every second of your life.

  5. Kelly October 11, 2016 Reply

    Just what i needed to read, thank you

  6. Adrianah S Thompson October 11, 2016 Reply

    Awesome. I will keep this… Life is a gift to each of us and how we live that gift is what matters…

  7. Lana October 11, 2016 Reply

    Thank you. Will treasure every moment.

  8. Steve Olson October 11, 2016 Reply

    This is the most important thing I will read today. I think about this often, but this is a very welcome reminder. Most people live their life in the same way they drive on the freeway – staring blindly only at the rear bumper on the car in front of them.

    My job has shown me that tomorrow is not guaranteed, so I’ll be retiring early in three years at age 45 to sail around the world. I’m willing to take some sacrifices to make that happen, but at least I won’t live a cookie-cutter life. I remind myself to appreciate every sunrise, every sunset, and every star-filled night.

  9. Pradeep kumar October 11, 2016 Reply

    Dear friend, it is very saddening that you are suffering like this. Thanks for the good words of encouragement from you. I have some good news for you. What is impossible to man is possible to God.Pls give God a chance in your life. God can bring you back from your situation and heal you completely. What God has done for others will do for you also. I encourage you to know about Jesus his son who came and laid down his life for all. If you have faith in his finished work on the cross you can be free not only for your healing but also hope for the after life. My prayers are with you for your health and long life. God bless you.

  10. Fanny October 11, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for your wise advice. May you have peace and tranquility.

  11. Erica Kuramoto October 11, 2016 Reply

    Your words have impacted me deeply. I have been using my fear and circumstances hinder my growth to be successful. I will not let the mean voices in my head prevent me from moving forward any longer. Thank you for this push.

  12. Beryl Morgan October 11, 2016 Reply

    I thank you for this very valuable advice…it is deeply appreciated..May The Most High God hold you in his embrace..

  13. Vivien Stewart October 11, 2016 Reply

    God Bless and keep you – thanks for sharing this wonderful advice – which I will now share with others x

  14. Lisa October 11, 2016 Reply

    Sending you love, thankyou for letting humanity receive yours.
    Your life mattered, believe me xxxxx

  15. Joy October 11, 2016 Reply

    Please look into Rick Simpson Oil, or Phoenix Tears. This is a cannabis oil that has had tremendous results against all kinds of illnesses, including cancer. No one’s life is lived in vain.

  16. susan October 11, 2016 Reply

    I so needed to hear this. Deep down I know it but putting it into action, well, that’s another story. Thank you for this gift. This truth. May God keep you in his favor always.

  17. criselda October 11, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for this letter of advice.God bless you sir.

  18. Eric October 11, 2016 Reply

    This so deep. You have lived your purpose here on earth, which I’m sure is what you were created for. You have enlightened me and many others. Be blessed.

  19. Beth Vogl October 11, 2016 Reply

    I am reading this on my mom’s birthday – or the anniversary of her birthday. She passed away almost 30 years ago at the end of October and I was sitting today thinking of how much I miss her, and wish she was here as my first grandchild enters the world next month. Thank you so much for reminding me that this was exactly how she lived, exactly what she taught me as she was getting ready to leave, and what I will try to teach this new child. I will hold you in my heart and hope that your days, however many they may be, are filled with the love of family, and that you feel a very sweet peace.

  20. Lorraine October 11, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for sharing your most personal thoughts. As I read your story I realized I had given into a life of doing nothing. I am thankful and grateful that your words woke me up. I will be rejoining the world tomorrow fully alive and committed. Bless you!

  21. Evelyn October 11, 2016 Reply

    I read this 3 times. I’ve so far survived 2 primary cancers. Your words are incredibly important to me. Thank you.

  22. Katie October 11, 2016 Reply

    So wonderful, so honest, and sincere, and so thought provoking.
    I want to thank you with all of my heart for posting such an inspiring
    message to all of us who take so very much for granted and waste so much precious time. This is an eye opener for me, and for many others.
    Your courage and openness is a blessing. I wish you the peace and comfort, and all the love in the world for sharing this with us. We all need to hear this or read this however it is put out there. Your a good , kind man, and I wish you the very very best. God Bless you.

  23. rosa johnson October 11, 2016 Reply

    Just because the dr. says so, doesnt mean it has to turn out like that.deep inside you, You decide. Best wishes to you.

  24. Nancy October 11, 2016 Reply

    Thank you, my friend. You have my undivided attention and I am going to save this and reread it and reread it. Life does not end here; what a short amount of time tht would be for our stunning consciousness. You will love it beyond anything you could ever imagine. How I needed this today. You have toched me deeply and I will think of you whenever I read this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  25. Miriam October 12, 2016 Reply

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story and these words.
    I deeply feel for you and what you are going through. I hope that you are surrounded by people whom you love and who love and support you, whenever you need it.
    We are so much more than just our bodies. Our bodies are but the vessel of our soul. We are infinite beings of light.
    May God bless you and may you find Peace, Light, and Love in your journey.

  26. Celine October 12, 2016 Reply

    Your words have made an impact on me. I wont forget them, or you and I will try to put into practice what you have said. Wven if you hadn’t written this insightful post and reached many people, your life would still count, you still count, your existence in this world has been noticed. May your path be easy and filled with peace and love.

  27. Nets October 12, 2016 Reply

    I needed to have these thoughts reinforced and thank you for doing just that! Stay blessed always.. Love and Light to you..

  28. Nicky October 12, 2016 Reply

    Firstly let me say that it must have taken unbelievable courage for you to right and share this incredibly emotive and true to heart e-mail.

    The world could be such a better place if we would adopt this way of thinking and I for one will try and ensure that I do so each and every day.

    My heart goes out to you and know that you have made a difference in my life just by reaching out and taking the selfless time to send this message.

    You are in my prayers.

    With much love and admiration

  29. Nicky October 12, 2016 Reply

    Oops forgive the spelling mistake..write not right Nicky

  30. Gail williams October 12, 2016 Reply

    I wish you peace without pain, your words are powerful and heartfelt and they will be shared in the hope that people take heed and the world starts to love instead of hate.

  31. kelly October 12, 2016 Reply

    w.o.w.

  32. sue christie October 12, 2016 Reply

    I Have just taken severa words you have said for a presentation I will be doing in November, Its about positive coaching, and I believe it is so impactful, So Thank you for helping me not only share these words with oother’s but take on board everything you have said and change my life for a better path, I wish you the very best xx

  33. jen October 12, 2016 Reply

    may i say that we should also think back and see if we have done what God wants us to do..that is to love one another as He has loved us..that we repent and continue to worship Him.. have faith so that we surely know where our final destination is.

  34. Naureen October 12, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for your kind words. I pray and hope that you pass the road ahead with ease and love. You are leaving the world a bit better than you found it – that itself is impact.

    May you always find courage, love, happiness and hope.

  35. Joseph October 12, 2016 Reply

    Matthew 9:22.beat cancer

  36. Linda Grant October 12, 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing what’s in your heart and mind and soul…
    Those are precious words of wisdom. Just know that you and your words will not be forgotten. I wish you the best, hope and courage to face what lies before you, to the same final destination we will all go through one day. Our days will be wiser and brighter because of your powerful message my friend.
    Love and Light to you ♥

  37. Emeka Onyejiaka October 12, 2016 Reply

    Quite incredible and thought provoking message. For the fact that your doctor said so, doesn’t mean it has to be so. Our good God is a merciful One. It’s my fervent prayer that by His stripes you’re healed. Keep the faith and look up to the Author and Finisher of our faith. It’s well with you my brother, be and remain blessed. Shalom.

  38. Khan October 12, 2016 Reply

    Iam sorrythat u are facing like this but in life there r something which r not in our controll but .we have to belive that there is some one who handel the things for us who knows listen and feels better then us
    So we have to agree with him weather we like or not.
    I call this some one (God)
    U can give the name what ever u want
    What ever time u have
    Pray to God whith these words God help me give me the strentg and wiesdem to find u.
    I would like to know why I am in this world
    I am sure that u willfind ur way which will guide u through out life not only in world but after also and give peace.
    Pray to him for ur health and u will see mircles.
    I am muslim and this is what I can do for u
    show the way which gives u relif peace and

    I will pray for ur health.
    Ur feeling what u explain are very helpfull to find the reailty of life
    Thank thanks
    Khan

  39. Betty Justice October 12, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for sharing. LOVE AND PRAYERS.

  40. Jerome October 13, 2016 Reply

    I needed this too. I’m stuck in a job that takes up more that 70 hours of my time every week, 7 days non stop. On top of that, I do not like it. You post has given me perspective. Most of my colleagues have quit and now I really understand why. God bless you

  41. K Anthony HAYEK October 13, 2016 Reply

    By this wonderful message alone you have accomplished your purpose here on earth….He sent you here for that reason and when he calls ,it will be a glorious journey…He has given you the time to prepare….God bless you…and Thank you…

  42. Syllvia October 16, 2016 Reply

    WOW…….THIS IS VERY DEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ?
    AND IT SOOOOO SAD THAT IT IS LIKE THIS………..ALWAYS IN A HURRY
    DEVOTIONS TO ALL THE WRONG THINGS….
    YOU KNOW, I DONT KNOW WHAT CANCER YOU HAVE OR WHAT STAGE
    BUT EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON AND YOU KNOW………
    OUR HEAVENLY FATHER HAS THE LAST AND FINAL SAY SO……………
    CUZ MIRICLES DO HAPPEN….. AND IN FACT I MYSELF AM ON OF OUR LORDS
    MANY MANY MANY MIRCLESSS THIS IS A REASON WHY I READ THIS NOW AND
    WHY I DECIDED TO WRITE A COMMENT….WOW ….OUR GOD WORKS IN
    MYSTEREST WAYS………..
    MAYBE ITS TO GET A MESSAGE ACROSS OR WHO KNOWS
    BUT ALL I KNOW IS THAT I FELT IT IN MY HEART TO GIVE YOU
    MY THOUGHTS. YOU KNOW MY HUSBAND IS IN REMISSION
    RIGHT NOW. HAS BEEN FOR ABOUT 8YRS. THANK GOD.
    SEE I TOLD HIM THE MONSTER IS STILL THERE BUT
    ITS ASLEEP. OUR DEAR LORD HAS ANSWERD OUR
    PRAYERS FOR FAITH MOVES MOUNTAINS!!!!!!!! AND PRAYERS
    JUST BELEIVE ALLL WITH ALLLLLLLL OUR BEINGGGGG
    WOW IM GLAD OUR DEAR LORD INSPIRED ME TODAY
    TO WRITE TO YOU, I WILL KEEP YOU IN PRAYER AND I
    DONT KNOW YOUR CIR. BUT I FILL YOU WILL BE AN ANSWERED
    PRAYER…………………CUZ OUR DEAR LORD HAS THE
    FINAL SAY IN EVERYTHING!!!!!! NOW LET ME REPEAT MYSELF
    ✨✨✨MIRCLES DO HAPPEN, YOU NEED ONLY BELEIVE✨✨✨
    ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨AMEN ✨?✨???❤️?❤️??

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