“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” — Voltaire
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I have not stood by watching as strangers did CPR on my son. I have never had a child, let alone had the misfortune of outliving one. I have not watched a helicopter land to take my spouse to a trauma center after a terrible accident.
I have not stared at the smoldering, gnarled pretzel that ten minutes ago…
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle
To live well is to approach life with the right philosophies.
Success, happiness, and a life well-lived are not secrets. There is no magic formula, hack, or trick to them. Instead, there are the timeless habits and traits that have remained true for thousands of years and will remain true forevermore.
The greatest lessons we can apply to our lives have already been figured out, and have been echoed by philosophy over and over, for ages. Why? Because there is truth to them, validity…
“Humans are social beings, and we are happier, and better, when connected to others.” — Paul Bloom
We all know that having a social life is part of being healthy and happy, but who here sometimes feels like crawling under a mountain when they attend a party? Or perhaps when you’re stuck in an elevator with a total stranger? Or when you just so happen to be assigned a group project with three randoms who at first glance give you serial killer vibes?
We’re social creatures, but that does not mean that being social is easy, or even enjoyable at…
“Be the person you needed when you were younger. “ — Dave Delaney
If you could sit down and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
When I look back, there are many things I regret: ways I could have been better, chances I didn’t take, possible futures I let slip from my fingers without a second thought. Where I am today, good and bad, is thanks to what I did or did not do. Sometimes, I cannot help but wonder, did I waste it all? Did I waste those precious years? How much time did I throw…
“When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.” — Henry David Thoreau
In the end, we all must ask ourselves: “Was it worth it?”
Have you envisioned the end of your life? Have you ever mentally seen yourself on your deathbed and wondered how you will feel about your life when it is over? How do you feel about your life today? How do you feel about your past? These are deep places to look, and for many people, they do not look until the end.
“Will you look back on life and say “I wish I had” or “I’m glad I did?”” — Zig Giglar
Despite everything we are trained to do as paramedics, one of the most common tools I use is simply holding someone’s hand and listening — and in listening, you can learn so much about living.
I have heard stories from people at the end of their lives. I have seen them cry with regret, or smiles with contentment. I have treated children who readily say what they want to be when they grow up, and then later treat adults in…
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” — Albert Einstein
Our children live in an era where screens are valued over pages, where entertainment is craved instead of learning, and where distraction has never been easier. Children enter this world and are immediately targeted by entities that wish to exploit them — to convince them of certain views, lure them with ideologies, and bend them to the will of those who neither care about them nor even know their names.
“I have to keep facing the darkness. If I stand tall and face the thing I fear, I have a chance to conquer it. If I just keep dodging and hiding it will conquer me.”
— Mary Pope Osborne
Every day, you face a choice: how you feel. And in this world, it is too easy to feel bad — even though by default we ought to choose goodness, and that to feel bad warrants extensive explanation. But we often do not think, and therefore do not respond. Instead, we react.
It is tempting to be angry, to be afraid…
“It’s better to create something that others criticize than to create nothing and criticize others .” — Ricky Gervais
Do you consider yourself a creator?
Forget any hopes of not being criticized — but that doesn't have to be as bad as you think.
Creativity is one of the greatest gifts we have. It permeates our production, be it the arts, in science, or business. It is a way of being. The potential to create, to envision that which does not yet exist and then MAKE IT REAL, has led to all of humanity’s greatest leaps and bounds. …
“You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.” — Mark Batterson
Are you living a good life at this moment? Is the life you’re living the life you wanted? Are you happy with yourself? Are you happy with what your future holds? Are you searching for, or have you found, the opportunity that will take you towards the beautiful vision you have for your life?
I would have said yes to most of those not long ago, yet I realized just how quickly a yes can turn into a no.
Life is hard, it always has been. What’s…