• Susan Stopinski

Are you Living?

"I want to live a life I would want to take notes on." Bob Goff

Today I spent time going through random folders full of stories saved throughout the years.

One was titled "5 Top Regrets of the Dying" Here's what they said.

1) "I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me."

2) "I wish I hadn't worked so hard. I wish I had played more"

3) "I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings"

4) " I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends."

5) "I wish I had let myself be happier."

What do you think or feel when you read this list?

I posted it where I would see it often, instead of in my folder. I have alot going on in life right now and it reminded me of all I have learned from those who once shared space with me on this crazy but beautiful earth.

" On Sunday She Saw Her Life" S.Stopinski

I have had the privilege and honor to stand,walk, sit and hold someone passing from this world a few times during my life.

I count it as a privilege and honor because each time I've let go of someone, each

time I say so-long for awhile I am changed, transformed and awakened all over again.

It really is a gift.

There was the one who shared stories of joy and contentment alongside of regrets.

The one that shared what she would do if she could "do it all again"

The one that told me to never forget that forgiving is worth all the courage in the

world that it sometimes takes to give it.

The one that talked bitter about his impending death- at first. Until the end when he smiled and told me all the things that were really important, all the things he would miss. And he spoke out loud the names of his family.

I get to remember their words of wisdom and their wishes for second chances. I get

to remember that I am alive today and every moment have opportunities to benefit

from their words, their stories.

I don't always get it right. With family, friends, jobs, attitudes or my spiritual walk.

In all honesty I mess it up pretty much everyday. BUT...I AM aware. That's key!

I grab hold a little faster to my truths in each circumstance where I feel myself

whirling out of control. And now... I don't actually slip over the edge.

I DO dangle my legs there instead and take in the view a moment while I breathe and God gently helps me remember my courage.

Today is a great day to start taking notes on your life. Let's do it together :)