What do you want to be able to look back on in the last five minutes of your life?

We often hear about this or that ‘true’ or ‘great’ work of art. There is little doubt that these masterpieces are deserving of such titles. Albeit, IF there is a MOST genuine of great works as such, what might this be? What could possibly justify such a title? Would it require a SO such resplendent and quintessentially significant level of effort, something that would take years or even a lifetime to create…working to perfect this masterpiece?

Who among us is capable of provoking the level of insight (and the vast practical applications thereof) requisite of such a masterpiece? Who among us can prompt within themselves, take ownership of the level of self-discipline and true effort which is necessary to create such a genuine work of art?

Quite humbly and respectfully, I believe that MOST of us are…though I am not necessarily speaking to what is commonly seen as such in broadly conventional terms. As silly as it may sound (once again quite humbly and respectfully), I do NOT believe it silly when I say: The fashion by which we live our lives can be the MOST splendid of the splendid of living loving art forms, inclusive of being the most genuine of masterpieces. Yin to yang, yang to yin, what could be more difficult, yet what would be more wonderful…in TRULY/MINDFULLY living life as a living loving art form – a living loving work of art/masterpiece.

I am NOT speaking in a spirit of narcissism or egomania (this IS obviously very difficult stuff for ANY of us). In the benevolent and altruistic ages-old health/wellness arts that I teach, coach, and humbly endeavor to follow (the Bright Beautiful School of Thought/Ming Chia), it is SO much about ‘true health through true responsibility.’ It is so much about the abidingly healthful notions of the ‘true responsibility of making the world a better place,’ and endeavoring to do the ‘right thing for the right selfless sake (and figuring out how to GENUINELY mean…no matter what).’ It is so much a deep and abiding realization of the truth that ‘we are so much more in the same common boat than we often think and act.’ It is so much about mindful awareness of the import of dignity, decency, goodness, and grace – and the ‘true responsibility of supporting others in their genuinely healthful goals. It is a lightness of being in which we are willing to be inspired anew each day…more and more each moment. It is ALL about a loving and selfless spirit of true appreciation, gratitude for the IMMEASURABLE blessings/gifts which are inside of us and all around us, ALL of the time.

We CAN embrace a loving and abiding faith in our wherewithal to take ownership of this healthful outlook. We can significantly abbreviate our addiction to craving, desire, and fear of healthful change. We can avoid ongoing stagnant plateaus which can be like a living purgatory, a living death. We CAN find our way back to the ‘garden’ of true health (which may have a LOT to do with why we are here).

If it ends up that in the last five minutes of your life, you have the opportunity to look back and check out what you’ve done, what do you want to look back on? Do you want to look back in a sparkling spine-tingling/shivering beyond-words (oh SO!) splendid spirit of true appreciation…or in horror, or something in-between? Is there a choice? Don’t you believe we SHOULD want to believe that there is a choice? It requires true faith in one’s true freedom to do so.

The following saying sets forth the point quite resplendently: “Bestow a string of faith, for faith we might have…unto the jester of light in the comedy of reflections…as we stand upon this stage, in awe of, endless, encompassing, all.” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)

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6 thoughts on “What do you want to be able to look back on in the last five minutes of your life?

  1. Wow Glen, that is a huge question, huh?
    I think too many of us are taught not to value ourselves… and that makes the idea of living our lives in a “splendid” way seem like a thing of too much ego. But that is not the case at all, is it. Rather it is important that we live as amazingly and well as we can, so we can “give back.”

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  2. I like how you say it is our health and that of others is a true responsibility. We need to be aware of that. We often say we’ll get healthy when… It’s our responsibility to not waste the few days of our lives in bodies that are unhappy with the way they’re being treated. This is easier said than done, though. I’m ready to change all my unhealthy habits. I just don’t know how!

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    • You and Teagan express such impeccable insight, Christa. Thanks so very much for sharing. Yes, embracing healthful change can be the most difficult of things, to say the least. We are all in the same common boat in this…sometimes just taking small steps forward can be a great path. Asking oneself lots of ‘how,’ ‘what,’ and ‘why’ questions can also be of significant help. These questions require much more than just ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers. But the most important thing to remember, is that you make the world a much better place on so many levels, Christa. Brightest of blessings in this. – Glen


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