Losing fear of death can help make lives seem even more valuable.
Losing fear of death can help make lives seem even more valuable. Jacob Ammentorp Lund

Lessons learnt after heart attack

NO, THIS is not a treatise on some aspects of "otherworldly” relativism, although if you can acknowledge that we are energy in form then anything is possible and interestingly enough, now we have science to support some of that thinking.

This is more a reflection after eight or so months since my heart attack. I died and was brought back to life. It's a brief commentary on the realisation and impact of that event on life and lives, mindset, opportunity, gratitude, joy, love and also the confirmation of a philosophy embracing death and appreciating its inevitability.

That's pretty deep for this time of day and a lot to fit in, in a short piece because death is not generally on many people's agenda. And essentially that's the core for most of us in our relationship with death. Until it's right in our face we'll keep it out of our thinking and away from our conversations. The reason? Generally because we have been taught to fear it. After all, it's the great unknown, it's the end, cessation, the final outcome, the enemy of life - its opposite.

For mine, and after many events over a wonderfully engaged life, death is far from the enemy. Apathy is the enemy to life. Death embraced cements meaning to life. After all, no one gets out of here alive. The simple truth is that tomorrow is promised to no one and that realisation can - and should be - the motivation to make substantial changes and make different choices in living this life if you are dissatisfied with the way it is working for you.

Regardless of what happens you get one shot at this life. Although, in hindsight, that is not so true for me or many others who have been given a second (or third or fourth) chance at life because of highly skilled nurses and doctors with access to great technology. So I wouldn't want to waste their skills or what they have given me.

Again, and remember this is a personal thing, every day is the chance to embrace opportunity, to change perception, to learn, to be grateful, to appreciate what small things you can do to contribute to others. For all of the hardship that we face you can either label yourself a victim of events or accept them, take steps and make the change to see things differently. That's the joy of life. We are only ever stuck if we tell ourselves we are.

Where does love fit into all of this? When you are free of fear and anxiety you can truly live from the heart, generously, with compassion and regardless of personal circumstances in the world as you know it. So remember, time has its impact on all of us and it is an inevitable outcome that the clock runs out. Love the life you choose for the time you have.

Nick Bennett is a facilitator, performance coach and partner of Minds Aligned: www.mindsaligned.com.au

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