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The Bucket List                                                                        December 2008

The Bucket List

My family and I watched a movie called "The Bucket List" over Thanksgiving this year and it gave us much fuel for thought and discussion. If you haven't seen it, the brief synopsis is as follows: two guys meet in a hospital, and both discover they have cancer. They become fast friends as they ponder death, go through chemotherapy, and go through the shared experience of coping with a cancer diagnosis. They decide to put together a list of things they'd like to do or see before they "kick the bucket" and then set out to do them in the time they have left. The dynamic duo is played by the one-and-only Jack Nicholson and the always-understated-but-powerful Morgan Freeman.

The movie prompts you to ask some important questions…

  • If you knew your days were numbered, how would you spend your time?
  • What experiences have you always wanted to enjoy, but never got around to?
  • What projects have you wanted to take on, but never found the courage to pursue?
  • Do you have any personal unfinished business with anyone?
  • Do the people you love know that you love them?

Whether you have a terminal illness or not, I believe life is richer when you live with the end in mind. After all, none of us knows when it's going to be our time. The people going to work in the World Trade Centre on September 11th in 2001 had no idea that that was going to be their last day alive. The folks who died in car accidents during this crazy winter had no idea that they wouldn't get to see another New Year's Eve. There are things we can control and things we can't control about our health and our prognosis for the future, but what we can control is how we live our life TODAY.

If this was your last day on the planet, would you be proud of the person you've been? Would you have spent more time at home, or at the office? Would you have taken more chances? Would you have chosen a different kind of work to make a living? Would you have lived more and worried less? Would you have any regrets? How will the world remember you?

At this time of year, I always enjoy reflecting back on the past 12 months and marveling at just how rich my life has been in adventures, experience, love, and in opportunities to impact the lives of others. And when I look at my own "Bucket List" - every year, I cross off even more items and get excited about the new adventures in store for the year ahead. Most of the time, I have no idea how I'm going to pull something off before I do it, but the power of intention works in mysterious ways!

This coming year, find the courage to believe that dreams can come true. Make your own "Bucket List" and put your energy toward creating unforgettable moments and experiences. Enjoy the journey and fill up your heart. It's your life to live the way you choose!

With Gratitude and Anticipation,

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