Living with the end in mind

 June 22, 2018

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While this kind of thinking may not fit into every scenario, I think it’s a great tool that comes very handy in most situations, especially where decision making is involved. For instance – should I stay in this job that makes me feel sick every single day? Should I book this holiday? Should I stay for longer at work today or go do something productive for myself? See how taking decisions feels easier, obvious, when we take them with the end in mind?

Here are the top five benefits (there are plenty more!) one can reap when we are conscious of about the end in mind:

  • It becomes far easier to prioritize our time, our life. It becomes easier to say no to things that feel out of our alignment.
  • We begin to truly value life, celebrate and enjoy most moments because we are aware we will run out of it one day.
  • We’re driven, we make goals, we work towards turning our desires and dreams into reality.
  • Our relationships improve – we no longer want to get into silly arguments, or raise our vocal chords for trivial matters or hold grudges.
  • Our screen time reduces – after all who wants to be sitting behind a device(s) when the end seems near!

I would like to sum up this article with these very important words by Marcel Proust, a French novelist, critic, and essayist, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff. They speak of how important it is to be aware that the end could just be around the corner, and life deserves to be lived with more love and gratitude.

We may, indeed, say that the hour of death is uncertain, but when we say this we think of that hour as situated in a vague and remote expanse of time; it does not occur to us that it can have any connection with the day that has already dawned and can mean that death may occur this very afternoon, so far from uncertain, this afternoon whose timetable, hour by hour, has been settled in advance.

One insists on one’s daily outing, so that in a month’s time one will have had the necessary ration of fresh air; one has hesitated over which coat to take, which cabman to call; one is in the cab, the whole day lies before one; short because one must be back home early, as a friend is come to see one; one hopes it will be as fine again tomorrow; and has no suspicion that death, which has been advancing within one on another plane, has chosen precisely this particular day to make its appearance in a few minutes’ time…

Nishka Manglani is passionate about writing and perspectives and shares both her loves on her Instagram account @nishkawrites.  A PR & Communications professional, Nishka lives in Dubai and is a full time mommy on a journey to help her child aim for the stars, so he can turn some into superstars J

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