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Live Like You Are Dying

Posted By: Randy GageNovember 26, 2010

Wow, what an amazing response to yesterday’s post on what we’re grateful for! You guys are incredible.  Let’s continue the thought.

None of us knows when our last day will be.  And for most, that day will come too soon.  I think of the last ten funerals I went to, eight were for people 50 and under.  We simply never know, and that’s why you must live each and every day like you’re dying.  Because you are.

The past is history.  The future is a promise.  But this moment is a gift.  That’s why it’s called “the present.”

-RG

28 comments on “Live Like You Are Dying”

  1. Jeesssuuuss!! Eight out of 10 under 50??? that's a lot... do you know a lot of unhealthy people?? perhaps you could give more detail.. think it might be very illuminating for the procastinators, complainers, etc.. among us... as Bob Dylan wrote, "Those that are busy being born are busy dying...

  2. OMG Randy! That is one heck of a wake up call. You're right we never know when our time is up. Let's choose to be happy instead of right and choose love instead of worry.

    Wow I'm still reeling that 8 of them were under 50!

  3. Luckily, I had a battle a few years ago with a serious health condition and that battle woke me up to how easy it is for anyone to lose their health and/or die. I pretty much made a bucket list at that time and so far I am still breathing. But only someone who has looked death in the eyes can understand what I am talking about.

  4. I always try not to leave my family with anything bad said or any controversy that is not completed.

    I always try that the last thing my family will remember if I would not come back is something very nice.

  5. As a lung cancer survivor for 7 years now, I can truly appreciate every day, come sunshine or rain!!!

    I want to do so much more on earth before I pass, so I am staying healthy!!!

    Genesta

    1. Marcia,
      I LOVED your comment, Wear the Day out! But, to further THAT thought, I'm usually way way too busy from early to way to late....but being busy may not be enough....I'm working at making better choices while busy. Besides a *home* business (which means I work on things 24/7) I keep grandkids, the oldest a senior this year....so every thing he does is important and not to be missed! I've become aware of my choices and how I make them are so important because we can't get those back. Personally, and in business...not only wear them out, but make them count in the areas that count. Thanks,
      Judy

  6. A really great point Randy!

    Love like your heart's never been broken..

    Dance like there's nobody watching..

    Carpe Diem..

    Life BEGINS at the Edge of your comfort zone!

    Forget the Bucket List.. Do it NOW!!

    Cheers!

    1. Ok, I had to comment on this also....the Carpe Diem....I have the youngest of the grandkids, is 8...he has ADHD and a few other issues...he's had trouble with a few kids at school that make his life not easy....so I taught him to Carpe Diem...seize the day. What a difference that has made in his little life. When he has a difficult time facing something we both say Carpe Diem,,,and he goes in with a smile and a whole different attitude. On a side note, during a teacher conference one day, I mentioned this to her, SHE didn't know what that meant!
      Judy

  7. Good Morning, Randy and Friends. 🙂

    I am happy to say that I've gotten to a place where I spend very little time looking back anymore - hooray! Buh-bye now!

    HOWEVER ... I have become brutally aware that I am guilty of holding at bay those things I truly want the most (the man, the career, the peace, the lifestyle, the money)- until everything (the house, the kids, the website, the store, ME) is just PERFECT first!

    I must be perfect before I allow the relationship to show up.

    The website must be perfect before I pull back the curtains and open up shop.

    The house must be perfect before I have company over for dinner.

    Oyyy ... it's never going to happen! It’s impossible to have all those plates in the air and balanced perfectly.

    So there is a great message in this post for me today. I realize where I have been so busy planning and working on improving … but not very busy LIVING sometimes. Good information to have!

    Today I’m going to DO some things before I get ‘perfect’ at them – and I think I will adapt a new motto that says “my best is good enough” … well, for now!

    K

  8. "you must live each and every day like you’re dying."

    Great post, Randy! A side benefit of living with that philosophy is that a shortened life becomes less of a tragedy. It's better to die in a mountain climbing accident at 50, for example, than to die as a 100-year-old invalid who regrets that he'd never gone mountain climbing when he had the chance.

    (Of course, what's even better is to die while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on your 100th birthday!)
    jim

  9. Mmmm. This life thing can be surprisingly short. I am 40(ish) and four of my high school classmates, not just people in my class, but guys I knew, have died. One just recently. It reminds me always of how tenuous our grip is on this precious gift called life. And yet how we take it for granted.
    My challenge is to live it with passion, to love and to laugh, to be fully in the moment and not to live for tomorrow or wallow in yesterday. Today is the only moment we have, the only place we can do or change anything.
    Blessings on you all and especially on you, mr Gage.

  10. Don't buy in to the death program, because that is what it is, a programming deception.

    You are programmed to die, and your body computer simply acts on that software installed.

    Get over it with deprogramming.

    Remove it.

    Uninstall.

    Don't survive and fight for your life. Surviving means you have not changed anything.

    You need to surpass in order for it not to happen all over again.

    Everything happens now. Time is an illusion of physical reality.

    Live like you are living forever. Because you are.

  11. My younger cousin had everything going for him in an incredible way. I had seen him grow from a young ambitious kid to someone successful and "on fire" (we also did business together) He had recently just started a new business, bought a new house, and had a baby on the way. At the age of 32, was on his way to dinner to celebrate his first big contract for his new consulting business, and was killed in a wreck while driving there. I was in shock when I got the call. Just a story to illustrate that any day can truely be your last. Everyday remember to EXHAUST LIFE.

  12. Hey Randy-
    In 2001 when we sold everything we owned to go travel the world for a year, a number of people told us we should wait until we retired to do such an outrageous thing.

    My reply was always the same..."who knows if we will be around then. We are here NOW!"

    I came to this philosophy through experiencing many loved one's who died suddenly, when I was young, who were "way too young", in my opinion. One of the most impactful was the loss of my step father. I was 17, he was only 44. We had just a Fathers Day lunch together, I hugged him good bye and went off to work. Three hours later he had a massive heart attack and died.

    Having had many direct experiences of how unpredictable life can be, it actually took me quite a few years to work out a balance between being adventurous without being really irresponsible, and choosing to love deeply without always fearing who would go next.

    These days though, in an odd way, thanks to those losses, I am pretty much grateful for each day and all the people I love... even when there is not a holiday reminder.

    Thanks for creating this space to remind us of the joys of life. May you hit at least one home run as you live fully and have fun this weekend. Have a great day!
    Peace,
    Jeanne

    BTW-There is a Jewish blessing, that is said when thinking of those who have passed.
    "May their memory be a blessing to our lives"

  13. A bit of a Morbid post. Encouraging people to think of all the ways they can die. Where attention goes......

    I don't know about you Randy but I am growing not dying. I don't think that it is useful to live like we are dying, I like to live like I am living and growing.

    Just because a tree will die someday does not mean that it is dying. The dying process only starts when the growing stops.

    That is like saying to someone who is breathing in that they are really breathing out because they will eventually breathe out.

    Really when they are breathing in they are breathing in and when they are breathing out then they are breathing out.

    I went outside this afternoon and it was night time because it will be night time later. Or maybe it was really just daytime 🙂

  14. In 2006, in the spring, my husband died. He was 41. In this age of prosperity comes in life when you already have a family, children, plans ..... But sometimes people go out of life, pulling this death themselves. Sometimes it unconsciously. Someone disease, some accidents ... why it is important to live each day consciously. With gratitude and love, as much as possible to make useful and joyful. And forgive .... And in that same year, in summer, my father died. And we very rarely saw each other .. I'm sorry ... and that same summer I first saw your book, Randy "7 Spiritual Laws." At that time it has inspired me greatly and opened a different vision of life. Thank God. He is always with us and on time.
    Sometimes I think .. and those who stayed too ... is not easy ..(

  15. Because I am not afraid of dying, I have simply learned to be present. It is a point of reference where clear choices are made. It is a place where I can leave a part of me (legacy) forever by touching one or many souls.

    I love being Present, and grateful for the time I have on this physical plane.
    ~Leslie

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  • 28 comments on “Live Like You Are Dying”

    1. Jeesssuuuss!! Eight out of 10 under 50??? that's a lot... do you know a lot of unhealthy people?? perhaps you could give more detail.. think it might be very illuminating for the procastinators, complainers, etc.. among us... as Bob Dylan wrote, "Those that are busy being born are busy dying...

    2. OMG Randy! That is one heck of a wake up call. You're right we never know when our time is up. Let's choose to be happy instead of right and choose love instead of worry.

      Wow I'm still reeling that 8 of them were under 50!

    3. Luckily, I had a battle a few years ago with a serious health condition and that battle woke me up to how easy it is for anyone to lose their health and/or die. I pretty much made a bucket list at that time and so far I am still breathing. But only someone who has looked death in the eyes can understand what I am talking about.

    4. I always try not to leave my family with anything bad said or any controversy that is not completed.

      I always try that the last thing my family will remember if I would not come back is something very nice.

    5. As a lung cancer survivor for 7 years now, I can truly appreciate every day, come sunshine or rain!!!

      I want to do so much more on earth before I pass, so I am staying healthy!!!

      Genesta

      1. Marcia,
        I LOVED your comment, Wear the Day out! But, to further THAT thought, I'm usually way way too busy from early to way to late....but being busy may not be enough....I'm working at making better choices while busy. Besides a *home* business (which means I work on things 24/7) I keep grandkids, the oldest a senior this year....so every thing he does is important and not to be missed! I've become aware of my choices and how I make them are so important because we can't get those back. Personally, and in business...not only wear them out, but make them count in the areas that count. Thanks,
        Judy

    6. A really great point Randy!

      Love like your heart's never been broken..

      Dance like there's nobody watching..

      Carpe Diem..

      Life BEGINS at the Edge of your comfort zone!

      Forget the Bucket List.. Do it NOW!!

      Cheers!

      1. Ok, I had to comment on this also....the Carpe Diem....I have the youngest of the grandkids, is 8...he has ADHD and a few other issues...he's had trouble with a few kids at school that make his life not easy....so I taught him to Carpe Diem...seize the day. What a difference that has made in his little life. When he has a difficult time facing something we both say Carpe Diem,,,and he goes in with a smile and a whole different attitude. On a side note, during a teacher conference one day, I mentioned this to her, SHE didn't know what that meant!
        Judy

    7. Good Morning, Randy and Friends. 🙂

      I am happy to say that I've gotten to a place where I spend very little time looking back anymore - hooray! Buh-bye now!

      HOWEVER ... I have become brutally aware that I am guilty of holding at bay those things I truly want the most (the man, the career, the peace, the lifestyle, the money)- until everything (the house, the kids, the website, the store, ME) is just PERFECT first!

      I must be perfect before I allow the relationship to show up.

      The website must be perfect before I pull back the curtains and open up shop.

      The house must be perfect before I have company over for dinner.

      Oyyy ... it's never going to happen! It’s impossible to have all those plates in the air and balanced perfectly.

      So there is a great message in this post for me today. I realize where I have been so busy planning and working on improving … but not very busy LIVING sometimes. Good information to have!

      Today I’m going to DO some things before I get ‘perfect’ at them – and I think I will adapt a new motto that says “my best is good enough” … well, for now!

      K

    8. "you must live each and every day like you’re dying."

      Great post, Randy! A side benefit of living with that philosophy is that a shortened life becomes less of a tragedy. It's better to die in a mountain climbing accident at 50, for example, than to die as a 100-year-old invalid who regrets that he'd never gone mountain climbing when he had the chance.

      (Of course, what's even better is to die while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on your 100th birthday!)
      jim

    9. Mmmm. This life thing can be surprisingly short. I am 40(ish) and four of my high school classmates, not just people in my class, but guys I knew, have died. One just recently. It reminds me always of how tenuous our grip is on this precious gift called life. And yet how we take it for granted.
      My challenge is to live it with passion, to love and to laugh, to be fully in the moment and not to live for tomorrow or wallow in yesterday. Today is the only moment we have, the only place we can do or change anything.
      Blessings on you all and especially on you, mr Gage.

    10. Don't buy in to the death program, because that is what it is, a programming deception.

      You are programmed to die, and your body computer simply acts on that software installed.

      Get over it with deprogramming.

      Remove it.

      Uninstall.

      Don't survive and fight for your life. Surviving means you have not changed anything.

      You need to surpass in order for it not to happen all over again.

      Everything happens now. Time is an illusion of physical reality.

      Live like you are living forever. Because you are.

    11. My younger cousin had everything going for him in an incredible way. I had seen him grow from a young ambitious kid to someone successful and "on fire" (we also did business together) He had recently just started a new business, bought a new house, and had a baby on the way. At the age of 32, was on his way to dinner to celebrate his first big contract for his new consulting business, and was killed in a wreck while driving there. I was in shock when I got the call. Just a story to illustrate that any day can truely be your last. Everyday remember to EXHAUST LIFE.

    12. Hey Randy-
      In 2001 when we sold everything we owned to go travel the world for a year, a number of people told us we should wait until we retired to do such an outrageous thing.

      My reply was always the same..."who knows if we will be around then. We are here NOW!"

      I came to this philosophy through experiencing many loved one's who died suddenly, when I was young, who were "way too young", in my opinion. One of the most impactful was the loss of my step father. I was 17, he was only 44. We had just a Fathers Day lunch together, I hugged him good bye and went off to work. Three hours later he had a massive heart attack and died.

      Having had many direct experiences of how unpredictable life can be, it actually took me quite a few years to work out a balance between being adventurous without being really irresponsible, and choosing to love deeply without always fearing who would go next.

      These days though, in an odd way, thanks to those losses, I am pretty much grateful for each day and all the people I love... even when there is not a holiday reminder.

      Thanks for creating this space to remind us of the joys of life. May you hit at least one home run as you live fully and have fun this weekend. Have a great day!
      Peace,
      Jeanne

      BTW-There is a Jewish blessing, that is said when thinking of those who have passed.
      "May their memory be a blessing to our lives"

    13. A bit of a Morbid post. Encouraging people to think of all the ways they can die. Where attention goes......

      I don't know about you Randy but I am growing not dying. I don't think that it is useful to live like we are dying, I like to live like I am living and growing.

      Just because a tree will die someday does not mean that it is dying. The dying process only starts when the growing stops.

      That is like saying to someone who is breathing in that they are really breathing out because they will eventually breathe out.

      Really when they are breathing in they are breathing in and when they are breathing out then they are breathing out.

      I went outside this afternoon and it was night time because it will be night time later. Or maybe it was really just daytime 🙂

    14. In 2006, in the spring, my husband died. He was 41. In this age of prosperity comes in life when you already have a family, children, plans ..... But sometimes people go out of life, pulling this death themselves. Sometimes it unconsciously. Someone disease, some accidents ... why it is important to live each day consciously. With gratitude and love, as much as possible to make useful and joyful. And forgive .... And in that same year, in summer, my father died. And we very rarely saw each other .. I'm sorry ... and that same summer I first saw your book, Randy "7 Spiritual Laws." At that time it has inspired me greatly and opened a different vision of life. Thank God. He is always with us and on time.
      Sometimes I think .. and those who stayed too ... is not easy ..(

    15. Because I am not afraid of dying, I have simply learned to be present. It is a point of reference where clear choices are made. It is a place where I can leave a part of me (legacy) forever by touching one or many souls.

      I love being Present, and grateful for the time I have on this physical plane.
      ~Leslie

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