Many of you will be wondering: Who is Denis Wright? I was forwarded an article writen about him on news.com.au (http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/life-lessons-from-terminal-cancer-patient-denis-wright/story-fnet09p2-1226671303372) earlier today and have spent a lot of my time since reading his blog (http://deniswright.blogspot.com.au/). What an inspirational bloke: I am not goint to say much about his story save that I implore you to have a read of the blog.
What really resonated with me, as I have been struck in recent days by a darker than usual shade of my black dog, were the life lessons he provided for the article published earlier today. I reproduce them (without any agreement or approval from anyone) here:
1. Don’t spend your life in a job you hate. Life is too short to live it only in the evening and at weekends.
2. If there’s something bad happening in your life you genuinely have no control over, learn all you can about it and how to live with it. Beating your head against a brick wall is unproductive.
3. If you think you can change it, then go all out to do so. Try to understand its nature and work with it where you can.
4. There are no ‘good’ and ‘bad’ decisions. If you made what you think might have been a poor choice in life, learn from it, and you might make a better one next time. You don’t know what’s going to turn out good or bad in the long run, so regrets are a waste of time.
5. Don’t agonise about the past, in the sense that you can’t change it. Live in the slice of time that’s the now. You can’t live in the moment; it’s too short. The slice is richer. It contains a little of past, present and future.
6. Apologise as soon as you can when you think you’ve hurt someone. Don’t try to pretend you’re perfect. Accept responsibility where it’s due.
7. Keep your options open for as long as possible. Don’t close them unnecessarily.
8. Try to keep your sense of humour if you can, though it’s not always possible.
9.Carpe Diem … Or, for a change, seize the day!
10. Do not be afraid of death. “If you’re not more afraid of your own death than you need to be, then you need have little fear for anything life can hand out.”
Some of these are pretty obvious but the one that reasonated with me most was number 2. It is time to stop bashing my head against the brick wall!