I heard this story last week from a great speaker by the name of Dr. Kevin Elko:
“Peter Senge is a professor at MIT. He goes out and does workshops and talks like I do. There was a guy in one of his seminars, a man, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Told he was only given a couple of months to live. So he changed his life, that’s how he lived. Like he only had a couple of months to live. The doctors came to him later and said, “We made a mistake. You don’t have a terminal illness. You’re going to live a long time, at least, according to our medical records here.” And the man started to cry. And the doctor says, “Why are you crying? Why are you upset?” He says, “I don’t want to go back, go back to living the way I used to.”
Isn’t that interesting? Why did you live that way? Why do you live with urgency? Whatever dreams I have, I want to do them now. Whatever I want to see in this world, I want to do it now. Whoever needs to know that I love them, I need to tell them now. I don’t want to go back. Live full. Live full, die empty. Live every single day with all you have. How do you know? Live with the whole mindset of “I don’t want to go back. I just don’t want to go back. I’m going to live every single day.”
This year I have had two friends pass away from cancer. They did live life to the fullest. It’s like they had no fear.
One of these friends was one of the most passionate people I have ever met. He had a motto “make them remember you.” Any interaction he had he always wanted them to walk away feeling better about themselves. He once told me you can’t have faith and fear at the same time. I know in my own life when I have fear creep in, which it does my faith drops. When I have strong faith the fear goes away.